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Some feel they are too short compared to peers, some too lightweight or skinny, some too heavy, or too sunken-chest, or too fleshy about the chest and are afraid they'll be made fun of. And they're too self-conscious to state this as the reason for wanting to skip out.
He may feel treated differently or badly by a peer, or even by a teacher. But we really don't know, and it may be something else entirely. To support him and best get at what's going on, you might just find a quiet moment (weekend perhaps) and have whomever in your family he's most apt to share with (father, older brother or you) approach him.
Go for a walk or activity with him, and let the topic come up with no intense questioning, just the chance to hear how he feels about PE and the whole PE experience (it's WAY more than just a class for these boys). If nothing materializes, you can scout it out with his counselor and teacher. And good luck!
Susan McKenzie , LCSW