California students lose fingers during lunchtime tug of war

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Two Southern California high school students had fingers severed during a lunchtime game of tug of war Monday.

The students, a boy and a girl, were playing tug of war at South El Monte High School when their fingers were amputated, Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Miguel Garcia told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The students, whom authorities have not identified, were taken to hospital, where a hospital spokeswoman said they were going to undergo surgery to attempt to reattach their fingers.

The girl is a senior and varsity soccer player and the boy is on the football team, the Tribune reported.

The lunchtime tug of war was part of Spirit Week, celebrating homecoming.

Authorities didn't say how many fingers each student lost or give details on how the game of tug of war caused the injuries.


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