Two Los Angeles-area high school students severed fingers
while participating in a lunchtime group tug-of-war contest,
A boy and a girl from South El Monte High School were rushed
to a local trauma center with amputated fingers following the
incident, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman
A spokesman for Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center said
both students were in stable condition on Tuesday.
He declined to elaborate on their injuries or say how many
fingers were sliced off.
A spokesman for the El Monte Union High School District, in
the Los Angeles suburb of El Monte, could not immediately be
reached for comment.
Local KTLA-5 reported that both students were seniors and
student athletes who were taking part in a group tug-of-war
as part of spirit week activities at the high school.
A total of some 40 students were involved in the game, KTLA
The station reported that doctors at County-USC had performed
surgery to reattach the severed fingers.