Published February 05, 2013
SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. – Two California high school students severed their fingers Monday in a game of tug-of-war during Spirit Week, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.
The students were only identified as a female senior soccer player and a male football player, the report said. They attended El Monte Union High School, which is East of Los Angeles.
The students were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where surgeons tried to re-attach the fingers, the report said. It is unclear how many fingers were severed. KTLA reported that each student lost at least one finger.
Rosa Sacca, a hospital spokeswoman, told the paper that the students were in stable condition and parents were by their bedside.
KTLA's report identified two other occasions where individuals were badly wounded during the game. In 2008, a Minnesota girl lost four fingers during a game and in Taiwan, in 1997, two men had their arms severed and 40 others injured and a game with more than 1,600 participants.