The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 25, 2013

Girls teams at center of spiking of water cooler with urine

MONETT, Mo. — The news that members of a rival girls basketball team spiked their water cooler with urine apparently has angered some Monett High School Lady Cubs and their supporters.

Principal David Steward and Daryl Bradley, the Monett school’s athletic director, sent a letter to parents last week informing them that four players on the Cassville High School team had confessed to contaminating a cooler provided to the visiting team from Monett at a game 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,” the administrators wrote. “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 counterproductive.”

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.

Monett Superintendent Brad Hanson said that to his knowledge, no members of the Monett team or their parents have reported any ill effects that may be linked to the incident. He said that could change with the recall in retrospect of events after the game several weeks ago.

Hanson said Cassville and Monett are in the same athletic conference and enjoy the sort of sports rivalry that typically comes with that. But he could think of no precedent between the two schools for the prank in question.

“Has there been other incidents of this nature? No,” he said.

‘High standards’

A STATEMENT issued by Cassville Assistant Superintendent Jill LeCompte said the district “believes that sportsmanship and maintaining high standards for our students is important. We do not condone these actions and regret that our students were involved in this unfortunate incident.”

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