Tainted-water Case Referred To Superintendent

April 22, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Oakland Mills High School lacrosse player who urinated into a water bottle used by an opposing team has been referred to the superintendent for disciplinary action, according to Howard County schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan.

The student -- a junior mid-fielder -- has been suspended for 10 days, the maximum that a principal can suspend a student under state law without review by the superintendent, Caplan said.

The superintendent may lengthen the suspension or expel the student, Caplan said. The student's ultimate punishment is confidential because of privacy regulations.

The student stole a water bottle being used by Hammond High School before an April 10 game and urinated in it, say coaches and administrators from both schools.

The Hammond coach and two of his players drank from the bottle before discovering it contained urine. All three have been given shots as a precaution against hepatitis B, the only danger that health officials say is posed by drinking urine.

The student admitted what he did after the game and apologized to Hammond's coach and players, as did Oakland Mills' coach and principal. Oakland Mills forfeited the game, which it had won 15-8.

Pub Date: 4/22/97

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