Florence police are investigating a claim that substitute teachers forced children to crawl on their hands and knees, according to Florence police Chief Adam Marsh.

The children injured their hands while doing bear crawls on an asphalt track during a physical education class, Marsh said. Nancy Gonzalez, the mother of one of the children who filed a complaint, told the Austin American-Statesman that two substitute teachers forced a class to run and do bear crawls as punishment.

Two substitute teachers are being investigated, Marsh said. Names will not be released unless charges are filed.

“Hopefully by Monday, I’ll hope to release more or have more information,” Marsh said.

The incident took place Thursday, and the complaint was filed with police on Thursday evening, around 6 p.m. Investigations began Friday morning.

Child Protective Services is also involved in the investigation because 16 children were reported to be involved, according to the Statesman.

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