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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:23 AM

2 L.A. High school students lose fingers during tug-of-war

Authorities in Southern California say a boy and a girl had fingers torn off during a game of tug-of-war at their high school.

Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Miguel Garcia told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that doctors will try to reattach the fingers belonging to two South El Monte High School students.

School district official Edward Zuniga declined to identify the students, but the Tribune reports the girl is a senior on the soccer team and the boy is a football player.

Zuniga says the students were participating in a lunchtime activity celebrating homecoming Monday.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/04/4049458/2-la-students-lose-fingers-during.html#storylink=cpy

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Reply 2 L.A. High school students lose fingers during tug-of-war (Original post)
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 OP
bluedigger Feb 2013 #1
gollygee Feb 2013 #2
lonestarnot Feb 2013 #3
surrealAmerican Feb 2013 #4
Jenoch Feb 2013 #6
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #9
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #11
surrealAmerican Feb 2013 #13
Sunlei Feb 2013 #5
datasuspect Feb 2013 #7
Recursion Feb 2013 #8
HereSince1628 Feb 2013 #12
gollygee Feb 2013 #10
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #14
kentauros Feb 2013 #16
NCTraveler Feb 2013 #19
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #21
alp227 Feb 2013 #15
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #18
alp227 Feb 2013 #20
AngryAmish Feb 2013 #17

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:31 AM

1. What were they using - fishing line?

That's nuts.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:33 AM

2. How on earth did that happen?

I agree with the other poster's question - what were they using? Not thick rope I bet.

I hope they fingers are able to be reattached. How awful.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:35 AM

3. crimanettly.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:38 AM

4. Sometimes a news story is published before it's ready for publication.

This is one of those times. Without more information, this makes no sense at all.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:00 AM

6. Newspaper reporting isn't what it used to be.

There are many details missing from this story. "Homecoming"? In February?

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:05 PM

9. Winter homecoming

Lots of schools have this.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:09 PM

11. What additional info do you need?

Kids playing tug-of-war lost fingers. End of story.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:29 PM

13. What were they using for "rope"?

Was it wrapped around their fingers?
Were there adults present?
Whose idea was this game?
Could somebody have stopped this before the kids were injured?
Did anybody try to?
Has this happened before?
... at this school?

There are a lot of questions that should be asked here.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:46 AM

5. lets hope they stopped the tug of war to find the fingers.

Saw that happen at a rodeo a cowboy lost his thumb, some of the people were upset they had to stop and search for the thumb in the arena dirt.

never wrap a rope or thin line, of any type around your body parts.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:01 AM

7. BAN TUG OF WAR RIGHT FUCKING NOW!!11111

 

if it will save just one finger, it will be worth it

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:02 AM

8. I used to work on a tall ship

Saw a foot come off once when it was fouled by a cable. Ugh.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:15 PM

12. My guess was the students must have "taken a wrap" of some kind around their finger...

probably not even contemplating that the tug of war could generate over a ton of pressure per square inch on the flesh inside the loop.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:08 PM

10. Tug of war is usually played with a rope like this



That can't be wrapped around a finger.

My guess is that the rope was thin enough to wrap around fingers, and the kids wrapped them around their fingers to try to get a better grip.

I see liability for the school if the school supplied an inappropriate rope.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:43 PM

14. Update:

(Another report said the boy lost 4 fingers on one hand; the girl lost 4 fingers on one hand and the thumb on the other.) This update is from a local TV station:

Students Lose Fingers in Game of Tug of War
http://ktla.com/2013/02/05/students-sever-fingers-in-game-of-tug-of-war/

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:02 PM

16. I truly hope the doctors can reattach them.

That's just insane! It creeps me out thinking about it.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:19 PM

19. Per the article.

"Apparently, there are safe ways to have a tug-of-war. According to the International Tug of War Federation, you want to use a particular kind of rope to prevent injuries."

International Tug of War Federation?

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:43 PM

21. Wow.

This is a horrible story.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:53 PM

15. Isn't homecoming normally in the FALL? Why in February?

Geez, expect the district to pay a sh__load of attorney's fees & settlement costs.

And this KTLA report suggests this was a spirit week not necessarily homecoming.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:10 PM

18. Some schools have winter homecoming.

Especially if they don't have a football team.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:42 PM

20. This school did have football, and I think the reporter confused fall homecoming with

whatever winter spirit event the school holds (at my HS it was called "Battle of the Classes").

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:02 PM

17. That is awful.

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