Monday, September 21, 2009
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.
== Sources ==
Michaela Stanelun. "Dozens stung by wasps at Rhode Island school" — The Boston Globe, September 21, 2009
Chris Boardman. "Hornet's Nest Disturbed During Fire Drill, 25 Students Stung" — ABC 6, September 21, 2009
Courtney Caligiuri. "Hornets sting 22 students during drill" — WPRI.com, September 21, 2009