by Sam Levin
A basketball prank involving two Missouri high schools has forced administrators to bring in an infectious-disease specialist.
Why? Four girls poured urine into their opponents' water cooler during a basketball game. So says a letter to parents from the principal of Monett High School, a southwest Missouri school that was apparently the victim of a really gross Cassville High School stunt.
"We have been working throughout the day to determine if any health risks may be present due to the nature of this prank," principal David Steward says in his letter to parents, obtained by Daily RFT and on view below.
What does Cassville have to say about this?
We left a message at Cassville High School yesterday and will update if we hear back. The Associated Press, however, says that the Cassville School District confirmed in a statement that an "unspecified disciplinary action" has been taken in response to an "inappropriate act."
And the Monett letter says that Cassville officials have said they are sorry:
Mr. Steward and Coach [Daryl] Bradley have been in contact with administrators at Cassville throughout the day discussing the incident. Cassville has disciplined the students involved and the investigation is ongoing to determine if further discipline is warranted. Their administrators have apologized for the incident and regret that anything of this nature has occurred.
As of yesterday, superintendent of the Monett School District had no comment, but his office did pass along to Daily RFT the full letter, sent out last week in reference to a February 4 game at Cassville High School.
The letter says that four different players urinated in a small cup and then selected one to use, which they poured into the drinking cooler during the game.
In addition to contacting the infectious-disease department at Cox South Hospital to determine potential risks, the school says that the individual whose urine was used will be "undergoing tests to determine if any health risks are present."
Steward says he is angry -- but asks parents not to stoop to their level, that is, no retaliation!
We are asking you, as parents, to help us work with our girls and their friends to handle this situation with professionalism and restraint. We understand that all of us in Monett are angered and frustrated by this occurrence and the amount of time before the incident came to light. We encourage you to support our stance that retaliation in any way stoops to the level of the offense committed against us and is counter productive.
Here's the full letter.