High school tug-of-war results in students losing fingers


This is a story of tug-of-war gone wrong. Very wrong. Two California high school students were recovering Tuesday after a tug-of-war contest severed their fingers. According to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, both kids lost four fingers from their right hand with one of them also losing a thumb.

I can’t imagine how grotesque that scene was.

“They are both stable and the parents were by their bedside,” spokeswoman Rosa Sacca told The San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Monday. “They were getting ready to be taken to the operating room to try to re-attach the fingers.”

Note to self, no more tug-of-war at the family picnic. Dad needs his digits.

The school hasn’t said if it will cancel future tug-of-war games.

“We’ll review the activity with district administration,” El Monte Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Edward Zuniga told The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “We’re in the early stages. We just want to make sure we have all the facts straight before we talk about changing activities.”

Guys, I’m gonna go ahead and say that’s not wise. I’m no expert in the field of spirit week games but I think you can find something just as enjoyable and far less dangerous.

Two high school students lose fingers during tug-of-war
[NBC News]