Tuesday 6 December 2016

School team accused of killing guinea pig to get ‘face paint’

Published 11/05/2016 | 18:12

Stock image of lacrosse
Stock image of lacrosse

Members of a US high school team have been accused of killing a guinea pig before a match to get face paint for players.

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According to local media reports, up to 18 members of the Grosse IIe lacrosse team have been accused of murdering the animal and smearing its blood on their faces earlier this month.

Although the incident didn’t happen on school grounds, the players have all been suspended from their team.

Under Michigan state law, the players could all face animal cruelty charges.

Grosse Ile Superintendent Joanne Lelekatch says the spring lacrosse season is on hold during investigations by police and the school district.

“In cases involving these circumstances, our first priority is to ensure that law enforcement has access to the information it needs to conduct its investigation. … Once law enforcement has completed its investigation, we will be in a position to assess the facts and circumstances and, if necessary, apply our student or athletic handbooks,” Lelekatch said in a statement.

Originally developed by Native Americans and popular in high schools, Lacrosse is a team ball game not dissimilar to hockey

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