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Swarm of Bees Stings 32 Students Near Maryland High School

A student kicked the hive, other students said

A swarm of bees stung 32 students near a high school in Montgomery County, Maryland, Thursday morning, sending three students to a hospital, officials say. 

The bees were agitated after a student kicked their hive, other students said.

Student Joey Brown said he was forced to run from the bees.

"I saw a lot of bees, and they started chasing me. I had to run, and they couldn't catch me, but I had a couple friends that got hurt," he told News4. 

Firefighters were called to Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg just after 8 a.m.

Dozens of students had been stung at a shopping center across the street from the school. The bee hive was located in a bush there.

"They told me someone kicked it, and I'm like, 'Why would you kick a beehive? That's just so dumb,'" student Joshua Jung said. 

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The kicker apparently claimed self-defense. He said a bee had gotten onto his leg, so he tried to shake it off, and that's when he hit the bush. 

Three students were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They are expected to be OK. The others were evaluated on the scene, out of an abundance of caution. 

A property manager at the shopping center sprayed the bush with bug spray, killing many of the bees. 

Students said from now on, they'll walk another way.

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