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Nerdy Prank Shocks Stuy High

JV footballers sacked by fungicide in Gatorade.


Students at Stuyvesant High School are some of New York’s brightest, but they’re still capable of stupid stunts. At an October 7 junior-varsity football practice, two sophomore players became violently ill after drinking Gatorade spiked with copper sulfate, a chemical fungicide stolen from a chemistry classroom by a sophomore teammate. Police were called to the squad’s Pier 40 practice field, where they arrested the alleged prankster and charged him with reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. One player was hospitalized after coughing up blood, though both recovered for the homecoming game three days later. A Department of Education spokesman said the offending student received a two-week suspension; the school’s principal, Stanley Teitel, wouldn’t comment. Six other players who knew of the scheme and didn’t stop it were suspended from the team, according to a student-newspaper account. Paola de Kock, co-president of the school’s parents’ association, said she was dumbfounded by the kids’ boneheadedness. “You’d think,” she said, “they could muster the collective IQ to figure out it was not a good idea.”

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