KS colleges file police reports after rivalry game incident


A screenshot of a publish from the Twitter account of KWU Barstool, which alleged that somebody related to the Bethany School baseball program intentionally contaminated a water cooler utilized by its opponent, Kansas Wesleyan College, this previous weekend.

Screengrab of KWU Barstool Twitter account

A contaminated water cooler at a rivalry baseball game between two Christian colleges in Kansas has led to each faculties submitting police reports, based on paperwork The Eagle obtained via a data request.

It seems no less than seven individuals drank the water, which Kansas Wesleyan College baseball crew accused Bethany School of spiking with paint thinner throughout a double-header Sunday. Six of the seven victims within the report have Kansas Wesleyan as their employer or faculty. The seventh doesn’t checklist the employer or faculty.

Lindsborg Police Division administrative assistant Julia Duell stated the individuals who drank the water are college students and one employees member. All are males; three are 22, two are 20, one is 23 and one is 31, based on the reports.

All of them are both the sufferer of prison risk involving contaminated “food/water sources” or of battery from somebody inflicting bodily hurt, based on the police reports.

Bethany School additionally filed a police report for prison harm to property due to what was finished to the cooler.

“We don’t know who did that,” Duell stated. “They can’t assume at this point in time that it was Bethany or KW students. That’s being investigated, who actually did that … those are not usable now.”

Police chief Michael Davis stated it’s frequent that the house crew, which might have been Bethany, supplies water for the away crew. However who provided the water and the way it grew to become contaminated are being investigated.

Davis stated each faculties are cooperating with the investigation.

The police reports have been made Monday, following the invention of the overseas substance throughout a double-header on Sunday. The groups have been speculated to play on Saturday, however the game was postponed, presumably due to the climate.

It’s unclear if the water had been not noted since Saturday.

An image posted by the KWU Barstool account with the allegations of the water cooler tampering was extensively circulated on Monday.

Kansas Wesleyan and Bethany are each doing their very own investigations as effectively.

“We are currently conducting a thorough, in-depth review of this situation, with the priority of putting the health and safety of our student-athletes first,” Kansas Wesleyan athletic director Steve Wilson stated.

In an electronic mail, Bethany athletic director Laura Moreno stated: “The matter is under investigation, we have no further comment.”

The faculties are each a part of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Convention. KCAC commissioner Scott Crawford additionally instructed The Eagle that their concern is the well being of student-athletes.

“I’ve talked to both schools and we’re just trying to figure out what actually happened,” Crawford stated. “We are most concerned about the health and welfare of the student-athletes, the coaches and anyone who might have potentially drank some of that water.”

Bethany School received the primary game of the doubleheader, 8-7, earlier than Kansas Wesleyan set a faculty file for runs scored in a game in a 33-2 victory.

This story was initially printed April 26, 2022 5:34 PM.

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Michael Stavola covers breaking information at The Wichita Eagle. He’s received a nationwide and a number of other state awards throughout his six years of working at newspapers in Kansas. He completed his MBA at Wichita State College in spring 2020. Michael likes to train, hunt and spend time along with his spouse and their canine, Marley.

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