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Janitors toss out football gear

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Janitors at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids apparently went a little too far in cleaning out sports lockers before the July Fourth holiday weekend.

They accidentally tossed out football gear belonging to nearly a dozen players. That included cleats, gloves and personal uniform clothing.

The mistake was discovered on Monday. The equipment was taken to a resale charity, where customers snapped it up.

Usually when janitors plan a big cleaning, they tell coaches to have students take home anything they want to keep. School officials say a chief custodian new to the job apparently forgot that detail.

Officials say they'll use booster club, or other non-taxpayer money, to refund what parents will have to spend to replace the equipment.

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