Trying to gain an advantage on your opponent during a game? The list of pranks and tricks are endless, but the one played by Dwyer High School (FLA) last week before a playoff game against intra-city rival Palm Beach Gardens High really stinks.
And that’s not just figuratively. It stinks, like the smell of a truck stop restroom that hasn’t been cleaned in months. The unidentified player was suspended from playing for two weeks and also suspended from school for “dousing Gardens’ dugout with an amount of urine large enough to create a smell noticeable to visiting fans at the game.” The two teams met and decided to play the game anyway, with Palm Beach Gardens losing the game 7-4, with some blame for the lose going to the stench. In the spirit of sportsmanship, should Dwyer have at least offered to switch dugouts for the game?
Despite the large amount of urine used in the prank, school officials still think the player acted alone . . . probably collecting his “sample” over several weeks.
Not much to this story . . . yet, but when you have allegations that high school football players are taunting a younger teammate with water bottles filled with urine, that does get our attention. Especially when it’s in the same neck of the woods where the infamous Carmel High School incident from earlier this year. You’d think kids at other schools around there would learn something from this (heck, you’d think their coaches would be out of their minds worrying about it) but apparently not.
Here’s what little we know from WISH-TV (link includes video clip):
Police and school officials are investigating a complaint at Hamilton Southeastern that allegedly happened on the bus after a football loss on Friday. It’s alleged two seniors, stars on the football team, taunted a 15-year-old. We’re told, the incident involved water bottles filled with urine.
24 Hour News 8 was first on this story and first to speak with the alleged victim’s family. Ramon Coleman, the alleged victim’s brother said, “Everybody needs to know what happened on that bus…for them to be at schoo and practicing…no.”
The family speaking is out hoping as they say — ‘it isn’t brushed under the rug’.
Of course, humor is subjective (and we know that better than anyone) but kids these days seem to have a special way of making each other laugh. Here’s one example: Cheerleaders at Saginaw High School in Texas urinated into a beverage cup (soda?) at a basketball game last winter and then let some of their teammates drink from it, explaining the unusual taste as being the result of “tart candy” being added to it.
Ha, ha, ha. Funny. Had someone done that to a complete strangers drink–say at a fast food restaurant–that would be tampering with a consumer product, a felony.
They got away with it until last month when someone opened their big mouth and told some other students about the prank, and word eventually got to school officials. The real joke here? While most were suspended from extra-curricular activities this spring, they will be able to be cheerleaders next fall.
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District officials said at least two girls got in-school suspensions and others lesser punishments, but they would not specify how many students were involved. The girls will not be allowed to participate in cheerleading events through the end of the school year but will be allowed to participate next school year. A parent whose daughter drank the urine-tainted beverage said those involved should be permanently removed from the team. “They shouldn’t be allowed to represent Saginaw,” said the father, who did not want to be identified to protect his daughter’s identity.
The incident occurred during a basketball game last winter, the parent said. He said at least one cheerleader urinated into a cup and then mixed the urine into drinks bought at a nearby restaurant. Other cheerleaders encouraged her to give the tainted drinks to teammates at the game, the parent said. When the girls drinking the sodas noticed an unusual taste, they were told that it was from a tart candy mixed into the drink, he said.
“The girls said they were just joking around,” the father said. “It’s not a good joke to me.”