• 6-year-olds describe fox attack


    COVINGTON, Ga. - Two 6-year-olds bitten by a fox at a Covington elementary school described the attack Thursday.

    Jadan Best and Scott Wheeler spoke exclusively to Channel 2’s Tom Regan.

    “I kicked like five times, but it wouldn’t get off of me,” Jadan said, demonstrating the motion.

    The incident happened at the playground at Rocky Plains Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon. The boys said the fox jumped on Jadan’s leg first, sunk its teeth in and wouldn’t let go.

    “After he attacked Jadan, he started running to me,” Scott said.

    Following the attack, Newton County Animal Control placed traps near the playground. Deputies patrolled the area until school was over.

    “I would never think that this would happen at school,” Jadan’s mother said.

    The boys received rabies vaccination shots and are at home recovering.

    Their mothers want to thank an assistant principal who rushed in to protect the boys.

    “(She) kicked on the fox and, from what I heard, threw the fox and got the boys to safety,” Scott’s mother said.

    But the parents are also concerned about a hole in the fence at the school, where the fox was able to access the playground. They also said the fox had been near the playground the day before the attack.

    Animal Control officials said they still haven’t caught the animal.

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