Hurricane Irene was not the only thing hitting Florida’s east coast last week. On Thursday, August 25th, thirty-eight school children were attacked by a rabid swarm of honey bees at Our Saviour Catholic School in the northern part of Cocoa Beach, Florida. The odd thing about it is that no one knows what caused them to act in such a manner. “No one knew they were there, and the bees just started attacking them,” Kristyn Ernest said. Ernest is a mother of two of the children that were stung during the incident.
When hearing about the attack, city and county rescuers rushed to the scene. The main cause of concern for these rescuers was the possibility of a child suffering an allergic reaction to the bee stings. Especially since most of the students had never been stung by a bee before. “Some of the students still had bees in their clothing when they came inside,” said G.C. Wine, interim chief of the Cocoa Beach Fire Department. “They came out of the hive and attacked (the firefighters) . . . It’s a very aggressive hive.” Luckily, none of the thirty-eight student, who ranged from six to seven-years-old, were seriously hurt. Just down the road, Cape Canaveral Hospital had prepared for a “mass casualty incident” with about 50 victims, if hospitalization were necessary.
Officials are saying that the behavior of these bees is very unusual, matching that of the African honey Bee. Nevertheless, officials did hire an exterminator to get rid of the hive barring any delay due to bad weather.
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