Originally Posted by catsknowme
it would be the teacher's duty to make them take a break and drink water.
Exactly. The coach knew better, even if the kids didn't.
I remember back in high school that the football coach got in trouble because he wasn't letting the players have enough breaks to rehydrate - we're talking 100F+ heat. Some of them got sick from heat exhaustion, and for a while they wouldn't let him coach without someone else out there to watch him.
Yes, the coach should get in trouble for this. While he's coaching them, those kids are his
responsibility. If a parent let their child die of dehydration and heat stroke (how about the ones that leave their kids in a hot car?), they wouldn't get any breaks.
I might add. It can come on quick, but it is virtually impossible to miss at least some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Anyone with half a brain should be able to recognize when someone is getting sick from this - though the person suffering from it may not as it causes neurological symptoms (you can't think clearly). This comes from personal experience - I've had bad heat exhaustion.