Elk Urine Spread Over Stands At Rival HS Football Game

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

School administrators from two local high schools are trying to figure out how elk urine ended up spread all over the stands at Stocker Stadium before Saturday night's high school rivalry game between Grand Junction and Fruita Monument High Schools.

Fruita Monument parent Monika Tuell says as a spectator on the concrete stands side of the stadium, the smell was nearly unbearable, “we had gotten word that some students from (Grand ) Junction High School had used their own personal urine as well as elk urine and poured it all over the bleachers and all over the stands on the Fruita Monument side.”

Tool says the stench was so strong, at times so strong, you could taste it.

Grand Junction Parks Supervisor Eddie Mort says his crews worked for hours before the game to clean it up, but it wasn't enough, “once you add water to it, it really enhances the urine smell, the ammonia smell in it, and, it's not nice, it's no pleasant, it's not pleasant for anybody to sit around or be around".

Mort says city crews are now searching for a stronger chemical to get the smell out, and unfortunately, all incurred costs so far will be billed to the taxpayer.

Grand Junction High School Principal Jon Bilbo says among other repercussions, whoever is responsible should pay for the clean up, “I think we just like the Fruita fans, think that it's a pretty despicable act, and it's not acceptable, it's certainly not going to be condoned”.

But Bilbo also says just who is responsible is still not clear, “right now, I’m not willing to say it's one of our students”.

Bilbo says he's investigating the issue, but not promising immediate results.

He is asking everyone to keep an open ear, and try to find out as much information as possible.

Parent Monika Tuell says it was a disappointment, and a disgrace, but hopes what happened off the field won't shine poorly on what happened on it, “you know all the players that were here, they worked so hard at what they do and they do it for the students, for themselves, for their families, for school pride, and I think you take away from that and I think that's a shame, I really do".

Officials with the Grand Junction Police Department say because it occurred on city property, whoever is responsible could face criminal charges.

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  • by finding it funny Location: Grand Junction on Oct 5, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    high school rivalries have been around since the beginning. I personally believe that spreading a completely disgusting, but completely natural scent where the opposing team would be is hilarious. Parents and upset students should get over themselves. Everyone in a young age pulls pranks, and it makes memories that you will tell you kids about. Parents: did you know kids get in trouble for almost any high school prank. If students were to let a pig loose or do half of the stuff you did in high school they would get expelled while you earned a page in the year book for it. My advice...learn to live. Get over yourself. And if you have to take a shower after the game..suck it up.
  • by la tee da Location: grand grand junction on Oct 1, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    get your facts straight, it was not urine of any kind. in fact it was 100% natural scented skunk oil. Grand junction High School students did not go over to the Fruita Monument side after the game either. In fact our administrators were proactive and closed the gates so students couldnt do so. Find some real news to talk about in this town. I am appauled that students these days can not do half of what their parents did at the same age because they are walking on pins and needles in society because of parents like the two who have commented this story prior to me. in prior generations much worse pranks were not even thought twice about. the students involved found a way to make some fun with out doing any damage to anybody or anything. they should be applauded.
  • by dee Location: Grand Junction on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Every Grand Junction student painted orange and black knew of the prank at the game. After the games those Grand Junction students came over to the Fruita side as a mob and chanted "Smells like Fruita"
  • by Tito Location: Rifle on Sep 29, 2009 at 08:40 PM
    Where was the supervision before the game. For a change, can school administrators be proactive instead of reactive with kids!!! Instead they seem to have the philosophy . . . let's catch them doing something wrong.
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