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“This is torture.”  Boy Suffers Second-Degree Burns From Physical Ed Class Discipline, Texas Mom Says

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A mother in Texas says her son and some classmates were forced to do ‘bear crawls’ on a hot track after trying not to run while hiding in the shade during PE class , according to local reports.

The punishment burned the hands of students at Anthony Aguirre High School, according to KRIV.

Mother Wendy Alvarez says her own 12-year-old has second-degree burns, KPRC reported.

“When I saw him he had a big blister here, blisters forming on his palm,” she said, according to the Houston-based TV station.

A spokesperson for the Channelview School District confirmed in a statement to McClatchy News that four students suffered “non-life-threatening heat-related injuries due to outdoor conditions.”

The teacher accused of disciplining students has been placed on administrative leave while the district investigates the allegations, the statement said.

Bear crawls — “a bodyweight mobility exercise” — involve putting your weight on your hands as well as your toes as you move while crawling to the floor.

After the Alvarez seventh-grader completed the exercise during her PE class on Monday, May 9, she told KPRC that he described her hands as being on fire.

Temperatures in the Houston area ranged from the low to mid-90s with heat indices within 100s.

“For me, it’s torture,” Alvarez told KRIV of the gym class discipline.

“I feel like the punishment was too harsh,” she told KPRC. “I’m all for disciplining kids, but not like this.”

“Channelview ISD does not condone aversive discipline techniques that may cause physical pain to a student in any way. We take these situations very seriously as the safety of our students is always our top priority,” according to the communicated.

The school district is located in unincorporated Harris County, east of Houston.

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