Teens suffer second-degree burns from coach's punishment

Junior high students in Emory, Texas, suffered second-hand burns from a punishment administered by a coach at the school. News 8's Rebecca Lopez has more.

EMORY, Texas – Jennifer Warren is hot under the collar.

"I am livid about it," she said.

Warren is upset her 14-year-old son come home from school with second-degree burns on his hands.

"He has blisters right here, in the palm of his hands," she said.

She shared pictures of his burns.

"I just want to cry right now, because I peroxided it last night, and my son is very tough, and he had tears in his and his hands were swollen," Warren said.

Some of the boys during P.E. were apparently horsing around in the bathroom, and that upset the head football coach. So, parents say, he had them come out to the track and do bear crawls.

"Halfway through, he looked down and he could feel the blisters and him being a very respectful young man, he finished what he was asked to do," the mom said.

Nearly a dozen boys' hands were burned, blistered, and bleeding. Some parents from Rains Junior High School in Emory took to Facebook and posted pictures.

Wednesday, temperatures were nearly in the 90s, making the track steaming hot.

"The coach should know the conditions and surroundings of this East Texas heat," Warren said. "They could have them run suicides in the gym, or done bear crawls on the football field."

Rains ISD says it's investigating and has placed the coach on administrative leave. He apparently doctored the boys' wounds and apologized.

"Certainly it's unfortunate," said Rains ISD Superintendent John Rouse. "We are going to place our kids first, and we certainly have the safety of our students first and foremost in everything that we do."

Warren says she's not opposed to students being disciplined if they misbehave, but she says this is going way too far.


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