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Massive swarm of bees keeps students inside Estacada school

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Photo courtesy Estacada Eagle Photo courtesy Estacada Eagle
ESTACADA, OR (KPTV) -

A large swarm of bees invaded the campus of Estacada Junior High school on Thursday morning, prompting school administrators to cancel outdoor events for the day.

Once the swarm arrived on campus around 10:30 a.m., administrators said they immediately made sure all students and staff were brought indoors.

"I just kept looking, like 'where does it stop?'," said principal Tina Rhue. "It was kind of like Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds,' but it was the bees."

She estimated the size of the swarm was "probably half of a football field length or greater. It was tremendous."

The bees were spotted near the school building and eventually balled up in a large tree along a sidewalk at the school. The Estacada Eagle provided Fox 12 with video of the bees.

School staff notified a beekeeper who arrived on campus to remove the bees. After a district employee cut the branch the bees were huddled on, Dave Imholt placed it in a bucket.

Imholt estimated he collected around 5,000 bees. He said the swarming bees were not likely to sting anyone.

"They're all gorged full of honey and their purpose right now is to reproduce and make a new colony somewhere else," he said. "That's what they're really after, so they're not interested in us. Honeybees are never interested in us unless we're disturbing them."

All outdoor breaks and P.E. classes were canceled for the afternoon.

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