Students in Rhode Island school attacked by wasps

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Monday, September 21, 2009

File photo of yellow jacket wasp.
Image: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos.

Dozens of students and teachers were stung by yellow jacket wasps Monday at a middle school in Cranston. The attack occurred around 10:45 a.m., according to Ray Votto, the chief operating officer for Cranston Public Schools.

It is suspected that during a routine fire drill, students exiting the building disturbed the wasps' nest in a field behind the school. Votto said, "When kids exited towards the back of the school building near our portable classrooms, they walked into a field and may have disrupted a nest".

The Cranston Fire Department and school nurses responded to the scene to provide medical assistance. A total of 25 students, one of whom was hospitalized, and four teachers were stung, some multiple times. All of the students and one teacher were sent home.


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