Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 27, 2013

Girls team spikes water cooler, but not with alcohol

MONETT, Mo. — Four members of a Missouri girls basketball team spiked their rivals’ water cooler with urine, angering some Monett High School Lady Cubs and their supporters.

Principal David Steward and Daryl Bradley, the Monett school’s athletic director, said four players on the Cassville High School team had confessed to contaminating a cooler provided to the visiting team from Monett on Feb. 4 in Cassville.

The four girls reportedly urinated in cups and poured one of the cups into the water cooler sometime before the start of the game.

The letter from Monett school administrators informed parents that the district was seeking the advice of infectious disease specialists as to whether specific health risks were posed. The letter stated that one of the Cassville girls was being tested for any potential health risks.

The letter called for a restrained response on the part of the parents.

“We are asking you, as parents, to help us work with our girls and their friends to handle this situation with professionalism and restraint,” wrote the administrators, asking that parents or students don’t retaliate in any way.

Cassville school officials say they did not learn of the incident until March 19 and informed Monett school officials the next day. A statement issued by Assistant Superintendent Jill LeCompte said that unspecified disciplinary action had been taken with respect to the girls involved.

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Details for this story were provided by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe.

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