Don’t you just hate it when that happens to you? Your high school wrestling team is on its way to the state championships (you’re almost assured to repeat) and you stop to pick up a dead raccoon on the road, you throw it in the storage area and it turns out to be alive–or a zombie–and possibly have rabies? And the fact that it ran off means there’s no way to know for sure, so everyone on the bus is banned from competing?
I just hate when that happens!
Here are the details from the Grand Forks Herald about why Carrington High School (ND) will not have another wrestling trophy in the case this spring:
Grafton police Sgt. Anthony Dumas said the raccoon was found somewhere on the Carrington team’s trip to the tournament, and it was stowed in the storage area of the bus. “They thought it was dead, so they picked it up,” he said. Duchscherer said the Carrington coaches were aware of the raccoon.
In Grafton, Dumas said, the storage area was opened, and it became clear the raccoon was still alive. Dumas said no one was scratched or bit by the animal. “It just trotted away,” he said. About 10:30 a.m., a caller, who was concerned about having a potentially rabid animal on a bus full of young people, reported the incident to authorities. Dumas, who responded to the call, said police looked for the raccoon, hoping to catch it so it could be tested for rabies, but it was not found. The school isn’t sure how many wrestlers were exposed to the raccoon.
Michelle Feist, a public health official working in the disease control department of the North Dakota Department of Health, was contacted by Carrington school officials after the raccoon was discovered. Feist said there is no concern about health risk to wrestlers who competed against Carrington’s athletes. “The Carrington wrestlers, if they were bitten or scratched by the raccoon or were playing around the raccoon’s mouth and had an open cut, that could be exposure to it,’’ Feist said. “We haven’t assessed any of those kids yet.
Carrington beat Larimore 64-15 in the quarterfinals and Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg 66-13 in the finals and was scheduled to meet North Border-Cavalier in the championship. Instead, North Border-Cavalier won the championship by forfeit.
Trust us when we say that there’s not much that surprises us in the world of bad jocks anymore. We’ve seen some pretty nasty sh*t over the past 11 years, some we have reported on and some we have ignored . . . mostly so we could forget it as quickly as possible. This time though, even we were surprised at the charges against Marcos Cantu, 39, a math teacher and wrestling coach at Valley Vista High School in Surprise (yes, we get the irony), Arizona.
It’s not that Cantu groped an underage girl. We’ve reported on that plenty of times before. Or that he had an inappropriate conversation about sex with the teen. Also pretty common. But to do both things to a 13-year-old girl who is also a relative? That’s a new one on us.
We want to repeat that Mr. Cantu is innocent until proven guilty, and we have scene instances where disturbed teens lie about these kinds of encounters to get attention or get back at an adult authority figure. But if proven true, this accusation would take this guy right at the bottom of the barrel.
A 39-year-old teacher at a Surprise high school has been arrested, accused of fondling a 13-year-old family member. Monday afternoon, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Marcos Cantu at Valley Vista High School, where he is currently employed. Cantu was booked into jail on one count of sexual abuse. Detectives say that Cantu was driving a family member home from school when he fondled her breast over her clothing. The 13-year-old reported that the abuse occurred during an inappropriate sexual conversation between the two.
Surprise High School Teacher Accused of Fondling (My FOX Phoenix)
Must be some kind of special “Crazy Hazing Days” going on right now for high school wrestlers because this is the third case in the past week we’ve reported on . . . and they keep getting worse. This time, not only did teammates of a 15-year-old wrestler from Churchill County High School (Nevada) get urinated on, there was a strange ritual at a motel room during an away tournament involving nudity and a spatula. And spanking with the spatula. And doing something else with the spatula that we think the manufacturer would not consider an appropriate use.
The worst part? Apparently the allegations of this incident were reported to school administrators who somehow failed to report it to police. By law, I think they’re supposed to do that. Right now, police are focusing on two separate investigations, and one where three wrestlers have already admitted to the hazing.
Here’s more from News 4 in Reno:
The victim told his father, in the middle of the night he was woken up, stripped of his pants, spanked with a spatula, tapped to a coffee table and then locked outside on this 2nd level hotel walkway. When he was let back in, he was spanked again with that spatula that was later put in his buttocks. Pictures were taken and the teammates also urinated on him when he went inside and got into the shower.
Sources close to the case, tell News Four the school’s principal, athletic director, and head coach all knew about the hazing on the Monday after the tournament when 3 of the four students confessed to them, but no one reported anything to the Las Vegas or Fallon police.