16 kids stung by bees after boy throws rock at hive

Posted at 7:23 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 07:23:32-04

SAN CLEMENTE, CA (KCAL/KCBS/CNN) – Three children who were on a camp nature hike had to be treated at a California hospital for bee stings after one camper threw a rock at a hive.

A group of 30 campers and staff went on a hike behind the Boys & Girls Club in San Clemente, CA, Monday when one boy dared another to provoke a swarm of bees.

“Lucas said, ‘I dare you to throw a rock at a beehive.’ So, they did it. And then basically, the whole beehive split apart, so all the bees started going after them,” camper Cooper Oetgen said.

Several children and camp counselors were stung while the group ran from the bees, witnesses say.

“I heard a big, gigantic scream, and everyone was running away. Everyone was covered in bees,” camper Payton Oetgen said.

A few of the campers say they ripped off their T-shirts because bees were all over them.

Firefighters say one boy was stung about 30 times while three ended up at the hospital. Parents say none of the children are allergic to bee stings, and they are all expected to be OK.

“There’s not a staff meeting that says, ‘OK, if there’s a bee attack, this is what we do.’ But it was awesome to see what the staff did. It was just out of nowhere, but we did take precaution right away, as soon as possible. We got all the kids inside as fast as we could,” camp counselor Eddie Molina said.

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