POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 2:21pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 1:47pm
El Paso, Tx — An east El Paso mother said her teenage son was hurt at school and she's blaming a football coach who disciplined him on the field.
"I think that's a very harsh punishment, not even students who ditch get this type of punishment," said mother Melissa Sanchez.
Melissa Sanchez's son Brandon is a sophomore at Socorro ISD's El Dorado High School and a player on the school's junior varsity football team.
She said her son fell asleep in his World Geography class and as punishment, a football coach made him do 200 yards of bear crawls.
"This is on turf so Brandon burned his hands and he got big blisters on his hands," said Sanchez. “When Brandon was half way done, Brandon told the coach he was hurting and to look at his hands, so the coach never told him to stop."
Sanchez said the coach made him continue with another drill, even though he was in pain.
She went to talk to the principal demanding answers but was unsuccessful.
During our interview, head coach Jim Althoff called Sanchez apologizing and said there was absolutely no ill intent.
Sanchez said still her son is worried.
"He's scared. Brandon is scared. He thinks that probably students will retaliate against him or coaches are not going to put him in to play," said Sanchez.
We talked to Socorro ISD assistant superintendent about the incident.
"She had some concerns and we're looking into those concerns. We do have someone from our human resources department going out to the school to start looking into those concerns," said Patrick O'Neill.
Sanchez and her son went to the doctor's office Wednesday evening.
The doctor told her Brandon's burns were severe and he should not play football until Monday, meaning he will miss this week's football game.
The mother said she also punished her son. She will take away his cell phone at nights to ensure he gets enough sleep.