15 school students hurt, 1 critically, in bee swarm horror

On the first day of school after 10 days of vacation, more than a dozen students of Class VI in Government High School, Sector 40, were bitten by a swarm of honeybees on Tuesday.

As many as 15 students, including eight girls, were playing kho-kho during their games period when bees attacked them. One of them, Pardeep Kumar, was injured critically and was rushed to Government Multi-speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16 with serious injuries. Schoolteacher Rama Jain, who accompanied the students to hospital, said the incident took place around 12.10pm when students were playing. She said some of the students managed to save themselves after running inside the classrooms.

”The beehive was on a tree and bees attacked the children suddenly,”

Rama said adding that the injured children were rushed to civil dispensary in Sector 40, but were then referred to GMSH-16 in the absence of proper medical staff in the dispensary.

Injured students were rushed at GMSH-16 in police vehicles. Deepa, 13, said, “We were playing kho-kho when a swarm of bees attacked us. Bees stung on both my hands.”

One of the injured girls told TOI that bees attacked them after some boys threw stones toward the beehive. Panic gripped the students after the attack and school management instructed all of them to stay inside the class rooms. The parents of injured students were informed by the school management.

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 at 03:09 (03:09 AM) UTC RSOE

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