Almost two months ago, the Monett and Cassville High School girls' basketball teams met in a rivalry game in southwest Missouri. Instead of just focusing on the sport, four girls from Cassville poured cups of urine into a water cooler provided to Monett for their game Feb. 4. The Associated Press reports administrators notified parents Wednesday. Although the students involved have been disciplined, the investigation is ongoing due to several factors.
How did the water become contaminated?
Four players urinated into a cup and then poured the fluid into the water cooler. The home team, in this case Cassville, provided the water cooler for the visiting bench on the Monett side. No one knew about the incident until nearly two months later.
Why is this prank still being discussed now?
One student in Cassville is being tested for potential health risks. The Monett Times reports one person's urine was used but four girls were involved. Monett High School officials contacted local physician Dr. Mark Costley, who in turn referred the case to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., the closest major city to the schools.
What concerns should parents have now?
School officials have scheduled meetings with health department officials this week to determine if any infectious diseases may be spread because of the incident. Monett Superintendent Brad Hanson warned parents not to retaliate in a statement to the Monett Times. Current concerns revolve around the health of individuals regarding the incident. Anyone who feels their child drank the contaminated water should get tested immediately.
What discipline has been meted out?
The Cassville Democrat reveals Cassville Assistant Superintendent Jill LeCompte issued a statement saying, "We investigated the incident and determined that an inappropriate act had occurred. Disciplinary actions have been taken." The school official goes on to say school discipline is a "private matter" not open for public discussion. The Cassville basketball players confessed to the prank.
What happens next?
School officials in both districts don't want the incident to escalate. Principal David Steward of Monett High School told KOLR, "Retaliation in any way stoops to the level of the offense committed against us and is counter productive." Cassville and Monett are heated athletic rivals in Barry County, Mo., separated by about 20 miles. Barry County borders Arkansas in southwest Missouri. The Joplin Globe reports there have been no other incidents of this nature in the past, despite the heated athletic rivalry. Thus far, no ill effects of drinking the contaminated water have been reported by students.William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.