Texas student bruised after being lassoed by history teacher

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

WFAA

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM

ROWLETT, Texas — What started off as a history lesson at Schrade Middle School in Rowlett ended up with a 7th grader having rope marks around his neck.

A history teacher was trying to teach lasso techniques used during cattle drives. He asked for student volunteers, and had them run... then tried to rope them.

"[The teacher] was visiting with the students, telling the students about how Cowboys would corral maverick steers back into the herd," explained Garland Independent School District spokesman Chris Moore.

The 13-year-old volunteer ended up with bruises.

"This is not something that we feel was malicious, it was not intent," Moore said. "Extremely unfortunate, and extremely poor judgment."

The Garland ISD has launched an investigation and suspended the teacher, they say for precautionary reasons.

The Rowlett Police Department is looking at possible criminal charges of injury to a child.

The district says the unnamed teacher feels badly and agreed to never use the lasso in class again.

The student's parents tell News 8 the bruises around their son's neck were worse on Tuesday. They said they can't believe something like this could happen at school.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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