^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Lone Star College Student Punished With Squats, Ends Up in Hospital for 9 Days

For one student at Lone Star College-CyFair, showing up 15 minutes late to class led to nine days in the hospital.

When Marciel Alvarado waltzed in late to his intro-level phys-ed class, the instructor, Chris Rousseau, decided that making him do squats for 35 minutes straight was an appropriate punishment — with no water breaks allowed, according to a lawsuit against the school, as first reported by ABC News.

Alvarado obeyed because he was worried about his grades and because he's a guy who respects authority, his attorney, Michael Martinez, told the Houston Press. So Alvarado actually did squats for 35 straight minutes. He left the class waddling awkwardly. Within 24 hours, Alvarado's pee was the color of Coca-Cola and he was writhing in pain in the emergency room. It was because muscles were literally self-destructing.

That’s what happens to people with rhabdomyolysis, which is the rapid destruction of skeletal muscles, causing muscle fibers to be released into the bloodstream and urine, potentially causing kidney failure. Damage can be permanent. This happens to people in the following common scenarios, according to WebMD: doing a lot of heroin or cocaine or PCP; getting struck by lightning; having a heat stroke; getting smashed in a building collapse or a traumatic car accident — and also in connection with extreme muscle strain. Or, extreme punishment workouts during an intro-level community college class.

“Needless to say, he did not enroll at Lone Star College for the spring semester,” Martinez said.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Lone Star declined to comment, and Rousseau never responded to our request.

Alvarado ended up failing two classes because of the nine-day hospital stay. While he was in the hospital, he missed his opportunity to do a make-up exam for another class after already missing the test once before. He also never returned to Professor Rousseau's gym for the remainder of the semester.

According to Martinez, Rousseau never even said sorry to Alvarado.

“The only thing he got was a report card with two F's,” Martinez said.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.