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South El Monte High School Students Lose Fingers During Game of Tug-Of-War

Two California students at South El Monte High School had their fingers severed during a tug-of-war match on Monday.

The game was taking place as part of a homecoming event designed to increase school spirit and at some point, while all the pulling and tugging was taking place, a female and a male student each had their fingers detached. The names and ages of the injured students were not released.

Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Miguel Garcia said firefighters responded to the scene at the school a little bit after noon. "Fingers (were) amputated during some type of tug-of-war," Garcia said. "They were transported by ambulance to a trauma center."

According to The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the students -- one who is believed to be a soccer player and the other a football player -- were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center after their fingers were torn off. Hospital spokeswoman Rose Sacca said that both students were stable at the time of their arrival to the hospital and that their parents were caring for them by their bedsides. It is unknown if each of the injured youngsters had damage to just one finger or if they had multiple digits damaged during the incident.  

El Monte Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Edward Zuniga said: “At this point we're trying to find out more information,” It is not yet known whether what happened on Monday will cause the school or the school district to change policies about what sort of games and activities are conducted on school grounds.

“We'll review the activity with district administration,” Zuniga said. “We're in the early stages. We just want to make sure we have all the facts straight before we talk about changing activities.”

Source: (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)


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