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I, for instance, spent my 19th birthday drinking a three-litre cauldron filled with cheap cider, vodka, energy drink and mouthwash. Some mysteries man was never meant to answer. Similarly, a story has emerged from a midwestern high school that is just as baffling as the most elaborate murder mystery and more head scratching than an episode of Twin Peaks. In fact, the Twin Peaks connection may be even more relevant given the context of the story. It has been reported this week that a group of footballers from Byron High School, Illinois, have been suspended from their team after they were discovered to have conducted a bizarre ritual involving Oreos and their bottoms.
A year-old girl who prosecutors say was raped by two high school football stars in August after a night of drinking took the witness stand on Saturday, telling a judge she had no memory of a six-hour period during which each football player is said to have abused her. The girl's testimony capped four days of prosecution evidence against Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, who have been accused of penetrating her with their fingers. According to Ohio law, the definition of rape includes digital penetration. Outrage: Residents of Steubenville protest against the alleged rape of a young girl. Credit: Reuters.
Rising numbers of young players are seeking therapy for a damaging obsession with Fortnite — which has been endorsed by top England stars like Harry Kane and Dele Alli. In one case, two footballers at the same club have been getting treatment after the survival game began affecting their performance on the pitch, a leading addiction therapist revealed. And another young player tells us how Fortnite — which has already caused a storm over growing teenage addiction — almost ended his career as it led to him skipping training sessions and sleeping only two hours a night. All those years of training and dedication.