Students Attacked By Yellow Jackets During Lockdown Drill

MADISON, N.C.-- Some students and adults at a Triad elementary school were treated for stings from yellow jackets after coming into contact with a nest during a school drill that required them to evacuate.

According to a news release from the school, students at Huntsville Elementary in Madison were practicing a lockdown drill when it happened. Karen Hyler with Rockingham County Schools said students and staff were conducting an afternoon drill with first grade classrooms and when students and staff evacuated to an area near woods they came into contact with a yellow jackets' nest.

Dispatchers in Rockingham County said they got a call around 1:47 p.m. about students being stung by bees and school didn't have enough epipens. Emergency workers said at least one adult was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Hyler said 45 students were stung and none of those students were allowed to ride the bus. School staff stayed with students until parents arrived. The school system also sent out phone notification to parents who have children at that school.


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