- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut high school football coach has apologized after more than a dozen players burned their hands crawling on a field’s scorching artificial turf earlier this week.

Parents say coach T.J. Cavaliere told the team to crawl across the turf Monday at Stratford High School when temperatures soared above 90 degrees.

In a letter to parents, Cavaliere apologized and said the exercise was in response to poor behavior during a scrimmage on Friday. He says he wasn’t aware the turf could cause blisters and that he learned a “valuable lesson.”

The coach didn’t attend practice Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

Stratford’s superintendent didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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