Rockdale student injured on monkey bars

A Rockdale student injured completing a school exercise received blisters on her hands last week.

Freshman Velma Mitchell told Bryan television station KXXV she felt pressured to complete a fitness program exercise last Wednesday and the freshman’s hands became blistered.

In a videotaped news report, Mitchell’s mother, Sharee, told KXXV she’s talked to at least six other parents, whose children all have similar injuries.

When Superintendent Howell Wright found out, he said that the problem has been addressed.

Wright said that the monkey bars have been part of their conditioning exercises for years, and these are the first complaints they`ve had.

“The district handled this situation the day after it occurred,” Dr. Wright told The Reporter. “Using the parrallel bars and the monkey bars has been done over the past several years in both boys and girls athletics.

“Last Wednesday several girls rubbed blisters on their hands from using the parrallel bars and/or the monkey bars.

“The district will not use the parallel bars or monkey bars with girls athletics the remainder of this school year. If they are used next year protective wear such as gloves w ill be worn.

“This is an unfortunate incident and there was never any intention from district personnel to use an exercise that would harm any student.

“RISD will continue to provide a safe environment for all of our students.”

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