"They clung to the children's clothes, to the children's hair." More fear than harm in a primary school in Saint-Sauveur-de-Givre-en-Mai (Deux-Sèvres), near Bressuire. Asian hornets attacked schoolchildren and adults on Monday morning, but the bites resulted in only minor injuries. According to the New Republic, eleven children aged 7 to 10, including one asthmatic, as well as three teachers, were affected. None of these people required hospitalization.
The nest was in a tree in front of one of the school buildings. "The children were waiting in front of the school before the doors opened and we heard screaming outside, so we quickly opened the doors," a teacher told the local newspaper. "The hornets followed the children into the school and we tried to take refuge in a room where there were none."
A vast rescue system was quickly put in place, including nine ambulances, forty firefighters, as well as a drone, according to France Bleu.
"They had a big scare"
Contacted by local radio, the mayor of Bressuire, Emmanuelle Ménard, said that the children had "been afraid". "We will have to discuss with the parents, the teachers because that's what remains: they had a great fright. "
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The nest of Asian hornets was treated before 11 a.m., with guns loaded with insecticides. The school was closed on Monday and will reopen on Tuesday.