School police dog chases, bites kindergartner

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TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A kindergartner running near a K-9 police dog during a class assembly was chased down by the German shepherd and bitten twice, school officials said.

The 5-year-old returned to class Friday after the dog punctured his arm and gashed his thigh Thursday, said James Henry Russell, the Texarkana schools superintendent.

Russell said some students began running around as school district police held a demonstration on how the dog can find objects.

"The kids became excited, and the dog noticed the noise," Russell said.

About 65 students were attending the demonstration, Russell said.

The dog has been with the school district about three years, Russell said. The district is now investigating whether it will continue using the dog, which Russell said was being controlled by a fairly new handler.

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