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After a child's death, California weighs rules for physical education during extreme weather


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Yahushua Robinson was an energetic boy who jumped and danced his way through life. Then, a physical education teacher instructed the 12-year-old to run outside on a day when the temperature climbed to 107 degrees.

The Riverside County Coroner's Bureau ruled that Yahushua died on Aug. 29 of a heart defect, with heat and physical exertion as contributing factors. His death at Canyon Lake Middle School came on the second day of an excessive heat warning, when people were advised to avoid strenuous activities and limit their time outdoors.

Yahushua's family is supporting a bill in California that would require the state Department of Education to create guidelines that govern physical activity at public schools during extreme weather, including setting threshold temperatures for when it's too hot or too cold for students to exercise or play sports outside. If the measure becomes law, the guidelines will have to be in place by Jan. 1, 2026.

https://phys.org/news/2024-05-child-death-california-physical-extreme.html

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“As temperatures climbed into the 90s that morning, a physical education teacher instructed Yahushua to run on the blacktop. His friends told the family that the sixth grader had repeatedly asked the teacher for water but was denied, his parents said.”

This phys-ed teacher should be charged with child abuse, or at the very least be forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. 

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That teacher should be charged and their teaching license revoked. A phys ed teacher should have more sense than this.

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Not only did this teacher force a child run in 107 degree weather, they also denied the child water.

They should be charged, sued and never allowed to teach children again.

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10 minutes ago, susieice said:

A phys ed teacher should have more sense than this.

It’s as though the teacher’s behavior was intentional. Anyone denying a child access to water under those conditions should be found guilty of Felony Child Endangerment.

 

 

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Just now, simplybill said:

It’s as though the teacher’s behavior was intentional. Anyone denying a child access to water under those conditions should be found guilty of Child Endangerment.

Denying a child water on an extremely hot day (or any kind of day for that matter) smacks of extreme cruelty.

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In my area, schools will cancel classes if it's too hot and the school doesn't have a sufficient cooling system. Why is it going to take California until January, 2026 to correct this? 

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