A simple length of rope tore off the fingers of two teenagers during a schoolyard tug-of-war staged to boost campus spirit.
The boy and girl had stable vital signs Tuesday after undergoing hours of surgery, but no information was disclosed on whether doctors reattached their fingers.
A get-well banner hung at the South El Monte High School campus, and counselors consoled students after the horrific start Monday to the traditional Spirit Week celebrating homecoming.
Schools have conducted such games for years, El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Nick J. Salerno said.
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