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Two students were hospitalized after they lost fingers during a group tug-of-war contest at their school.

A boy and a girl from South El Monte High School in Los Angeles, California were rushed to a local trauma center after they lost fingers during the lunchtime activity.  The tug-of-war activity was part of the school’s Spirit Week.

The competition went wrong when the rope used for tug-of-war broke, according to the school district’s superintendent.

Both of the injured teens are student athletes – the girl plays soccer and the boy is a football player.  Both had undergone surgery to reattach the severed digits.