A Carver High school student was attacked by at least one dog on campus, forcing the temporary lockdown of the school Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday officials were still searching for the dog.
The incident happened around 1:15 p.m., according to school officials. The lockdown was lifted around 2:30 p.m., and school dismissal was not disrupted, they said.
Witnesses said they saw two dogs on the campus and at least one of them attacked the student, Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Mrs. Kimberly Willis Green said. The attack reportedly happened while the student was on the school baseball field.
Police and school officials said the dogs appeared to be pit bulls, but Fulton County Animal Services executive director Ms. Lara Hudson said they are Rottweilers, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The male student was bitten in the face and arms and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he had to undergo reconstructive surgery to his face, officials said.
Mr. Arthur Steverson told Channel 2 Action News that his 16-year-old son, Azarius Lowe, was in so much pain that he had to be sedated.
He said Azarius will need at least two surgeries to repair the damage caused by the attack.
It’s unclear who, if anyone, owns the dogs and animal services have set up traps in the area to catch them.
Parent Ms. April Brown, who was on campus to pick up her son, told the AJC she couldn’t imagine anyone bringing such large dogs to school.
“That’s dangerous,” Ms. Brown said. “Not everyone rides a car from school. There are a lot of people who walk.”
Students thought an assailant had invaded the campus.
“They didn’t even tell us what happened,” student Darius Floyd told the paper. “They said it was a ‘hard lockdown’ and told us to stay in our classrooms away from the door.”
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