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Parents say North Shore coach Injured their child

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

At North Shore High School there are strict rules about when and where a student can use their cell phone.

15-year-old Ashlyn Holland broke them.

(In a previously posted version of this story, an inaccurate image was used. The mistake has since been corrected.)

Last week the freshman softball player was pulled out of class by her coach for discipline - punishment that was delivered on the outdoor track that encircles North Shore's football field.

"She made her do bear crawls on the asphalt track that was steaming hot in the middle of the day," said Chrissy Holland, Ashlyn's mother.

Despite painful protests from the Ashlyn the bear crawling continued a total of 225 yards. By the time it was over the teenager's hands were literally toasted.

"She told her to keep going. There was no skin in parts of her hands, blisters," said Holland.

Holland and her husband had no objection to bear crawling as punishment, but wonder why not on grass rather than a scalding hot surface?

It is a question North Shore head softball coach Jennifer Oregbesan will almost certainly be asked by superiors at Galena Park ISD.

She's been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

District spokesman Jonathan Frey told Fox 26 "Any type of discipline that could potentially injure a child is not condoned or tolerated by Galena Park ISD".

Meantime, Chrissy Holland, who played several high school sports, says those who think she's being over-protective should take a second look at her daughter's hands.

"This was not discipline. This was abuse, point blank. If I had done this to my own child at home and sent her to school Child Protective Services would have been called and I would have been in jail," Holland.

No criminal complaint has been filed, but Galena Park ISD has notified CPS about the incident.

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