Thirty-two Quince Orchard High School Students Stung

Some needed transportation to hospital, fire officials said


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EMS units arrive at Quince Orchard High School for reports of multiple stings.

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This story and headline were updated at 1:25 p.m. on Oct. 13 to reflect questions about what stung the students.

Updated at noon on Oct. 12: Thirty-two Quince Orchard High School students were stung near the school Thursday morning, prompting rescue officials to respond and take three teens to a local hospital.

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service responders were called to the high school in Gaithersburg shortly after 8 a.m. for report of multiple students stung by bees, including at least one student with an allergic reaction, MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer said in a voice-mail message.

Some people emailed Bethesda Beat on Thursday and Friday to challenge the idea that bees stung the students. Asked by phone about that, Piringer said he didn't know the answer. He said students called them bees, medics called them wasps or hornets, someone else called them yellow jackets and someone connected to the shopping center called them honey bees, so he wasn't sure how to refer to them.

Medics evaluated the students, who were all in the school’s health room, and took three to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, he said.

The hive or nest was located in a shopping center across the street from the school, MCPS spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala said. She said the students were stung as they were walking to school.

Piringer said Friday that someone from the shopping center contacted an exterminator to remove the hive or nest.

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