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Bad Iowa coach makes kid run laps as punishment

November 2, 2012 - Andrea Johnson
A Des Moines, Iowa high school football coach is under fire for making an athlete run for an hour without a water break as a punishment for posting a tweet critical of the football program, according to the Des Moines Register.

The coach also allegedly made the kid stand in front of the entire team and recite what he wrote and let his teammates berate him. The school investigated and found the coach is guilty of violating the school district's bullying and harassment policy and of unreasonable corporal punishment. He was put on paid administrative suspension back in September.

That finding sounds about right to me. I just hope that this sort of behavior is no longer common among coaches, though I'm not optimistic. The story instantly made me flash back to my own junior high and high school days and to the phy. ed. teacher who sometimes made the class run laps (though not for an hour) as a punishment. The same coach favored the kids who were good athletes and generally let me sit in a corner reading a book until it was my turn to strike out at bat, which I sometimes did deliberately so I could avoid having to participate in class. At the time I was pretty happy about that but now I see it was a sign of a teacher who couldn't be bothered to teach all the kids in the class.

I hated physical education classes with a passion and that coach was one of the many reasons I did. I'm sure the kids on the teams he coached probably dealt with the same or worse.

Here's hoping that the coach in Iowa has learned his lesson and will rethink the way he deals with his students.


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