(New York Daily News) - They certainly weren't drinking Gatorade.
An entire Missouri girls basketball team drank diluted urine after prankster players from a rival high school tampered with their water cooler.
Four girls from the Cassville High School basketball team urinated into cups and emptied one of the cups into visiting Monett High School's drinking water during their game on Feb. 4.
Cassville school officials apparently learned about the disgusting incident more than a month later on Tuesday, March 19, according to the Monett Times, and reported it to their Monett counterparts the following morning.
"We were informed of this incident Wednesday morning, and by Wednesday afternoon, we pulled our students on the girls' basketball team that were involved and let them know what had happened," said Monett superintendent Brad Hanson. "We also sent a letter home with the students."
Faced with outraged parents, who were concerned about possible health risks to the students, Monett Principal David Steward and athletic director Daryl Bradley urged calm and discouraged any retaliatory action.
"We are asking you, as parents, to help us work with our girls and their friends to handle this situation with professionalism and restraint," Steward and Bradley jointly wrote in the letter. "We understand that all of us in Monett are angered and frustrated by this occurrence and the amount of time before the incident came to light."
"We encourage you to support our stance that retaliation in any way stoops to the level of the offense committed against us and is counterproductive," the letter continued.
The four Cassville teens, whose names were not provided, faced unspecified disciplinary action and administrators are determining if "further discipline is warranted" for the "inappropriate act," according to KY3.
"Student discipline is a private matter that we cannot discuss," Cassville Assistant Superintendent Jill LeCompte said in a statement on March 22. "We are in communication with the other school district and are working cooperatively with them to address questions or concerns."
The girl, whose urine was dumped into the water cooler provided by Cassville High School, was being tested for communicable diseases and Monett school administrators contacted infectious disease specialists at nearby Cox South Hospital.
Monett school district officials reiterated restraint and understanding.
"We all need to remember that people make mistakes whether we're adults or 14- to 18-year-old kids," said Hanson. "We need to sit back, no matter how upset, appalled or angry we are. I'm asking for our students, coaches and community to take the high road on this and show we are the classy people we are."
The Cassville Wildcats beat the Monett Lady Cubs 37-26 on Feb. 4. Basketball season ended dismally for both teams in mid-February with the Wildcats 9-14 and Lady Cubs 1-18 in the conference.
The schools are about 20 miles apart in southwestern Missouri, near the border the state shares with Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma.
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