13-year-old boy hospitalized for a week after doing push-ups at school as a punishment

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - The mother of 13-year-old Donell Dixon says he's been at Children's Hospital for 7 days after doing push-ups at his school, The David Ellis Academy. 

Vinyanda Mitchell says it was a punishment for running in the hall and closing lockers and her son had the choice of detention or push-ups, Donell says he did 100. 

The Director of the school, Sylvia Green says the coach says it was three sets of 20 and the boys were able to pause in between and drink water.

The day after the incident the teen says his arm swelled to double its normal size, so his mother took him to the emergency room.

The medical papers she showed Action News says the diagnosis is Rhabdomyolysis, which is a break down of the muscles, often caused by over exertion.

It can lead to kidney problems and blood in the urine and Donell's mom says he has had that. 

She tells us she has talked to a lawyer. 

The school director says they are devastated and are just hoping Donell will fully recover.  His mom of course says she is hoping for the same thing.

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