Swim Team’s Punishment Outrages Parents


10 News digs deeper after parents say they’re outraged over a coach’s actions.

Pictures of the Osceola Fundamental High School Swim Team allegedly shows them being forced to hang from a chain link fence as a punishment.

Gina Jones took photos of her daughter’s hands that were blistered and sore from the punishment. Her daughter told her the swim coach punished the team for leaving things like water bottles around the pool. The punishment: hang on the fence for six minutes, and every time someone lets go early, start over.

“It should’ve been, ‘Let’s do laps,’ [or]running,” said Jones. Before the interview was over, this mom was on a fence herself, to see just how painful hanging there really is.

“I don’t think I could do it…” she says as she grips the fence. “Oh, I would be… I couldn’t do it for six minutes. That hurts your toes so bad… oooh.”

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