– 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. Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Miguel Garcia said firefighters responded at 12:20 p.m. to the school at 1001 Durfee Ave. “Fingers (were) amputated during some type of tug-of-war,” Garcia said. “They were transported by ambulance to a trauma center.” The students were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center after their fingers were torn off, Fire Department officials said. “They are both stable and the parents were by their bedside,” said hospital spokeswoman Rosa Sacca. “They were getting ready to be taken to the operating room to try to re-attach the fingers.” Authorities didn’t say how many fingers the girl and the boy lost. It is unknown how many other teens were participating in the tug-of-war, Zuniga said
Sgvtribune, you’ve got this entire article screwed up. It’s hollow. Here we are, the readers, expecting to leave this story understanding all of the important elements that make up a story, and you just handed us an empty cup.
How did these kids get their fingers ripped off? THAT’S the whole point of the story. After us knowing how many fingers they lost — which you also failed to tell us — the process by which they lost the fingers is easily the number two most important piece of information. We’re they on the same team and the other team let go? Were they on opposite teams and everybody thought it would be funny to prank them and all stop at the same time? Why was the rope wrapped around their fingers in the first place? Are the fingers now reattached? What was the blood and scream situation? All of these questions left unanswered because of your shoddy reporting.
If this story doesn’t go national, it’s your own fault.