Water Cooler Charges Brought Against 12-Year Old

A 12-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the contamination of a water cooler used by a small college baseball team in Kansas.

The boy was charged with endangerment and criminal damage to property for allegedly pouring paint into Kansas Wesleyan’s water cooler during a doubleheader against Bethany College in Lindsborg on April 24.

A summons will be issued for the juvenile to appear in court, McPherson County Attorney Jennifer Wyatt wrote in an email to The Associated Press.

Authorities haven’t said if any Kansas Wesleyan players or staff drank the contaminated water or became ill.

Officials from both schools contacted police to report a foreign substance – later identified as paint used to put lines on the field – in Wesleyan’s water.

The home team, Bethany in this case, customarily provides water to the visiting team.