GROSSE ISLE (WWJ) – Two Grosse Ile High School lacrosse team members have been charged with felonies after they allegedly “sacrificed” a guinea pig before a game.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said 18-year-old Tanner Coolsaet and 17-year-old Michael Roth, both of Grosse Ile, were arraigned in 33rd District Court in Woodhaven Monday.READ MORE: Ford CEO Jim Farley Interviews Tom Brady In Spotify Podcast Series Finale
Each is charged with two counts: animals – killing/torturing and conspiracy to commit killing/torturing of animals in the April 30 incident.
According to Worthy, the two teens showed up to a team meeting, at around 11:30 a.m., with a guinea pig in a box. Coolsaet had a knife and slit the guinea pig’s throat, Worthy says. Roth then allegedly grabbed the animal and struck it with a small bat. The animal died a short time later.
“The alleged facts in this case illustrate much more than a youthful prank or a pre-game antic. We must take these cases seriously,” Worthy said in a statement.READ MORE: Detroit Announces City's First Income-Based Water Affordability Plan
There were reports that team members drank the guinea pig’s blood and that they painted their faces with blood as part of a ritual. Worthy did not confirm those details.
Coolsaet and Roth were each released on a $5,000 personal bond on the condition that they don’t drink alcohol, do drugs or acquire any pets or other animals. They must also observe a curfew from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
Their next court date was set for Tuesday, July 26, at 9 a.m.
All of the charges are felonies carrying a maximum four year penalty.MORE NEWS: AG Nessel: Grand Rapids Doctor Charged With Practicing On Suspended License
The incident prompted the school to suspend the remainder of its lacrosse season while authorities were investigating. Police have said it didn’t happen on school grounds.