Officials at a Las Vegas school are investigating after a teacher allegedly forced students to crawl on hot pavement, which could reach temperatures of triple digits.
A parent claimed that their 11-year-old son was treated for second degree burns on his hands after the incident.
Clark County School District officials told news outlets that the physical education teacher at Garside Junior High has been assigned to work from home. 8news now.
Concerned parents contacted the station, who shared a photo of their son’s injuries, saying he had been treated at a hospital and referred to a burn and wound clinic. He told the outlet that he wanted to remain anonymous but wanted to make the incident public to avoid such incidents.
According to the parents, when the temperature reached 87 degrees Fahrenheit, the students were forced to make the bear crawl as punishment.
The 11-year-old’s father also told 8NewsNow that he is considering criminal charges.
He said Child Protective Services was investigating but the agency refused to confirm this to the police station.
Beretta Kaufman, chief clinical officer of the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America, told Georgia Station. wjbf In July such burn injuries were common among children on hot days, whether from asphalt, playground surfaces or even equipment such as slides.
“So if you step on a hot surface as an adult you walk away very quickly. At 15 months old they are often very numb and they don’t know what to do,” she said.
“Those surfaces get extremely hot during the summer months, even on a 75-degree day those surfaces can exceed 125 degrees in temperature and that would burn a child,” Ms Kaufman told the station. Having said that children’s skin not only burns more easily because it is thicker like adults’ but they also have slower reaction times.
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