A Houston college student spent nine days in the hospital after sustaining injuries from a punishment for being late to class.
Details about the Injuries of the College Student
Marciel Alvarado walked into his intro-level physical education course 15 minutes late, when the instructor of the course, Chris Rousseau, made the victim do squats for 35 minutes straight. The instructor didn’t allow for Alvarado to have any water breaks and thought that the punishment was appropriate, according to a lawsuit against the school that was first reported by ABC News.
The victim obeyed the instructor because he was worried about his grades and because he’s a man that respects authority, according to the victim’s attorney.
After the class was over, the victim left the class and was walking awkwardly. Within 24 hours of the incident, the victim’s urine was the color of Coca-Cola, and he was in excruciating pain in the emergency room. The victim’s muscles were literally self-destructing.
The Extent of the Victim’s Injuries
The victim was suffering from a condition known as rhabdomyolysis, which is:
- The rapid destruction of skeletal muscles which cause the fibers in the muscles to be released into the blood stream and the urine.
- A potential side effect is kidney failure and the damage can be permanent.
This condition is common when people do a lot of cocaine or heroin, have a heat stroke, get struck by lightning, are involved in a traumatic car accident, or anything involving extreme muscle strain.
The victim ended up failing two classes due to his 9-day stay at the hospital.
Lone Star declined to comment on the matter and Rousseau never responded to the Houston Press for comments regarding the incident.