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All students stung by yellow jackets are out of hospital
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Update: All of the children who were treated for yellow jacket stings at Children's Hospital have been released.

Four of the five Gresham Middle School students who were stung Friday and taken to the hospital for possible allergic reactions were released by Thursday night. The final child was released on Friday.

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Five students were taken to the hospital Thursday after being stung by yellow jackets at Gresham Middle School.

Knoxville Fire Department Captain D.J. Corcoran said the injured children were doing a school project in the back of the school where they were digging in the dirt and hit a nest.

Fifteen children were stung by the wasps, but Rural/Metro said five of them may have been allergic and were taken to East Tennessee Children's Hospital for treatment. Two of the students were transported as emergency patients.

As of 11:30 p.m., ETCH said one of the students was still being treated.

One of the children who was stung said it was a terrifying experience.

"I heard this very loud buzzing noise and I looked and I was covered in them. It was just this horrible pain. So everyone was just running around and the teachers just opened the doors to get inside. So I got into the library and they got all of them off of me-- it, it was just bad," described Devon Hopson.

A school security officer called in the incident. At least five ambulances and two firetrucks responded to the school, along with officers with Knoxville Police and the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The school was placed on a soft lockdown while an exterminator was called in.

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