The parents of a little boy mauled by his teacher's pet dog have said they do not blame anybody for the school playground attack.
Darwin and Valerie Stevenson declared: "It was an accident, pure and simple."
Their son Jamie needed emergency hospital treatment for facial injuries when the dog turned on him as he stroked it at Carniny Primary School, Ballymena, Co Antrim, just hours before the school term ended for the summer break last Friday.
The husky-type dog, which was owned by the child's teacher, was later humanely destroyed.
Mr and Mrs Stevenson said Jamie could not remember a great deal about the incident. He was allowed home after treatment at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Co Down.
They said: "Jamie is feeling a lot better. We would like to make clear that no one is to blame for the injuries to Jamie. It was an accident, pure and simple, and as a family we do not blame anyone.
"Our focus is on ensuring Jamie makes a full recovery. We would like to thank everyone who has offered their support. We would really appreciate it if everyone would now respect our family privacy."