Missouri students, teachers injured after dog attack during recess

Recess at a Springfield, Missouri elementary school turned chaotic on Tuesday afternoon when 21 people – including 18 students and three teachers – were injured after a pair of dogs entered the playground and sparked a melee.

Most of the injuries occurred from people tripping and falling as they tried to run away from the animals and seek shelter in the school, Willard Intermediate School-South, district officials said.

But at least six people required medical attention from bites and scratches, including students and teachers who were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Heather Harman-Michael, director of communications and public relations, for the Willard School District said the exact injuries and some other details are still being sorted out. The breed of the dogs was not immediately known.

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