DESOTO, MO. (KPLR) - High school football season is only a month away and on Desoto parent is worried about her son practicing in the intense triple digit heat we’ve been experiencing this summer. Tonight one mother says she won't let her son practice with his team in these triple digit temperatures. And the young player says he fears being punished for that decision.
The question is just how hot is too hot for student athletes to attend an outdoor football practice in full pads? One Desoto high school player and his mother fear their opinions may have cost him his spot for speaking out.
Xavier Bergman is 16-years old and says that during Desoto high school football camps last week and earlier this week, players were buckling under the heat and even throwing up.
When Xavier told his mom, Andréa, about the practices, Andréa, who is a nurse, became concerned about her son's safety.
She told Xavier to pass along a message to the coaches about him not attending the next practice when it's hotter than 100 degrees outside. That’s when the Bergman’s believe the coaching staff took offense to their stance.
In an attempt to get the school's side of the story, reporter Kurt Labelle called the Desoto high school athletic director, who is also a football coach, who has yet to return his call.
The team took part in a football camp in Farmington Thursday.