A BULL had to be shot dead outside a Sheffield primary school after escaping on its way to a slaughterhouse.
Worried parents raced to Fox Hill School when gunfire was heard in the school yard.
Joeli Harris, aged 36, whose seven-year-old daughter Ruby goes to the school, rushed there after hearing gunfire.
South Yorkshire Police sent armed police as a precaution when they were alerted to the escaped bull.
They were forced to open fire when the farmer taking the bull to the slaughterhouse was unable to recapture it.
Witnesses said the bull was running around near Fox Hill School and was killed close to the door to the nursery unit.
Miss Harris said: “Me and my friend ran to the school - we heard about 10 shots coming from that direction and I was concerned because my daughter goes there.
“We had heard there was a bull on the loose and as we were leaving the house we heard the sound of gunfire and just ran.
“I would say we heard about 10 shots in total and when we got on to Keats Road, where the school is, we saw armed police walking up the school drive putting their guns away.
“We could see the dead bull on the ground just a couple of metres away from the door to the nursery. All that was running through my mind was that I hoped nobody had been hurt and that the children had not seen it all happening.
“We were told the children had all been taken into the school hall together where it was really noisy, so they had not seen or heard anything, which was a relief.”
Executive head teacher Nicola Shipman said: “I would like to assure parents that no children or staff were harmed at all in this incident. No children or staff witnessed the incident and children were not even aware of the situation.
“The incident took place outside the locked school gates and away from the children’s playground areas. All children were inside the buildings and were unaware of anything untoward.
“The school lessons were not affected and school has remained in normal operation.”