Pictured above is a game of tug-of-war that looks friendly and fun and perfectly harmless. That is NOT what we're talking about today. From an initial report:
SOUTH EL MONTE - An innocent game of tug-of-war turned tragic Monday afternoon when two South El Monte High School students had their fingers severed.
The students, a boy and a girl, were participating in the lunchtime Spirit Week activity celebrating homecoming when they were injured, El Monte Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Edward Zuniga said. Neither he nor other district officials would release the students' names or ages.
The girl is a senior and varsity soccer player, while the boy is a football player.
"Tug-of-war is a competitive game in which two teams pull, or tug, on a rope in opposite directions in a show of strength," the report helpfully adds.
UPDATE: Tug-of-war is a competitive game in which two teams pull, or tug, on a rope in opposite directions and it's a game we are NEVER PLAYING AGAIN, EVER.
Here's to hoping that both athletes are recovering from the most horrifying injury ever and will eventually regain use of the severed fingers when they're re-attached. More details on the football player:
South El Monte defensive back Pablo Ocegueda, a Tribune first-team All-Area selection at defensive back last season, reportedly lost four fingers in a tug-of-war fiasco at school on Monday. [...]
From what I hear ... Ocegueda wrapped the rope around his hand and when it came time to pull, the rope tightened and caused the injury.
So ... many ... nightmares.