Venice, Florida -- We want kids to exercise but what if that exercise is used as punishment?
Venice Elementary students who misbehave are told to walk a few laps around the field before playing with friends during recess, and some kids choose to run it out.
"My son was made to do laps the other day for talking in the cafeteria. I'm all for it," said Lisa Goodson.
And when Lisa's son Andy complained about the punishment she told him, "You play outside at recess and you never complain how hot it is!"
It appears Andy's learned his lesson.
"If you do things wrong, you should be punished for it," he told 10 News.
Venice Elementary has been making students walk off unruly behavior for about eight years.
"These students are not being taking out of class. It's all part of recess time," Scott Ferguson, spokesperson for the Sarasota School District explained.
Other Sarasota School District officials say the punishment is acceptable.
"It seems to have a good result. Kids get to let off some steam and then resume activities on the playground."
But when a parent whose son received this punishment posted an anonymous letter on the Venice Scoop Facebook page, she struck a nerve. More than 200 people commented, she told Ten News.
And while some share her concerns, grandparent Janet Moore said she worries more about the heat at the time of day the kids are told to run laps.
Most parents, however, support the school.
"It's not abusive. I think we're handing kids too many passes in life," Goodson said.
According to the Sarasota School District, the Venice Elementary principal gives parents the chance to opt out of this type of punishment, but she said no one has done so until.