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Elissa Daniele

Now, if you're looking for good people, a good place to start is the faculty room at your local school.  No kidding.  As example, I give you Elissa Daniele, a gym teacher at Broad Brook Elementary School in East Windsor.  (See and hear her here on WFSB.)

Second grader Evan Witzke was bitten by the fox when the animal came out of the woods near Broad Brook Elementary School just before 11:30 a.m., police said.

WFSB Reports:

"It bit my ankle first and then it bit my wrist," Witzke said as he described the scary moment. "We were having gym outside and we were playing this game and I was running around and this fox just came out after me."

Without hesitation, his physical education teacher Elissa Daniele sprang into action and ripped the wild animal off of the 7-year-old.

"I noticed a fox begin to go after a student and I thought oh no, that's not going to happen," Daniele said.

She was able to hold the fox down and direct students inside to safety. Other school staffers were able to grab and place the animal in a recyclable container, but she and another staff member were bitten.

All three people were treated at the school and then transported to an area hospital.

"Oh yeah, it hurt. It hurt a lot," Daniele said. "That's my student. I would do anything for my students so I had to do it. I didn't want that fox to hurt anyone."

Who were these other schools staffers?  They are heroes, too.  The fox may well have been rabid -- by trapping it the authorities will know for sure.

By the way, WFSB?  Not on my list of good people.  They tease the story with: "Parents are extremely frightened and asking 'How can this happen?'  Well, take a look at the video to see, as the reporter, Erin Connolly says, parents "in extreme shock".


The money quotes: 

"I was a little worried but the school was good about calling and emailing us, letting us know the kids were safe," Broad Brook Elementary School parent Brenda Lee Saylor said.

Does that sound "extremely frightened" to you?  And then the predictable calls for action.  This must never happen again!

Parents told Eyewitness News they are shocked that this could happen during the school day and want the school district to take action to prevent this from ever happening again.

Do we expect the world to be entirely without risk?  As suburban parents here in Connecticut, USA, I guess we do.