Missouri girls basketball rivalry marred by urine prank that leads to health scare

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally
The Monett girls basketball team, which was reportedly victim of a urine prank — BeRecruited
The Monett girls basketball team, which was reportedly victim of a urine prank — BeRecruited

A girls basketball rivalry in Missouri was the impetus for a disgusting prank when members of the Cassville (Mo.) High squad reportedly urinated in a cup and poured their liquid waste into a cooler of drinking water used by the rival Monett (Mo.) High team.

As reported by the Monett Times and Missouri TV network KY3, four members of the Cassville girls basketball team urinated in a cup before their team’s game against Monett. One of those four cups was then emptied into the Monett team’s drinking water container, which the squad used throughout its game, which was played on February 4.

Cassville officials reportedly learned of the incident on Tuesday, at which point they contacted Monett officials, who in turn mailed out a letter to parents of the Monett team, apologizing for the incident and noting that Cassville was in the process of deciding whether or not additional punishment for the players in question is still needed. The Cassville Superintendent, Jill LeCompte, noted that the four teens involved have all been disciplined in an unnamed form for their actions.

In the meantime, the girl whose urine was used in the prank is being put through a series of tests to determine if the contamination from her waste has put any of the Monett students at risk of illness.

While the Monett parents are understandably disappointed, disgusted and concerned about the welfare of their children, Monett administrators specifically asked that no retaliation be taken by members of the community.

"We are asking you, as parents, to help us work with our girls and their friends to handle this situation with professionalism and restraint. 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 counter productive. Our goal is to work through any lingering issues and put this incident behind us quickly.”

Added Monet Superintendent Brad Hanson, when interviewed by the Monett Times: "What's done is done. Our concern at this point is more health related than anything else. …

"We all need to remember that people make mistakes whether we're adults or 14- to 18-year-old kids. 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."

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