Lewisville parents proud of son for reporting teacher, despite bullying




Posted on May 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 5:38 PM

LEWISVILLE -- Parents in Lewisville said their son is a hero after he came forward to report an alleged assault by his gym teacher. That coach is now the focus of a police investigation, while their son is the target of bullies who liked the coach.

The parents of a sixth grade student said they fear for their son's safety and did not want to be identified for this story.

They said he is now subjected to what they call "threats and bullying" by other students, but his parents said they are proud of him for doing the right thing.

The ordeal all started with a text from their son, who was in a P.E. class at Hedrick Middle School.

“And he said, he pulled me up by the top of my head and lifted me up to get me up in front of everybody," said the boy’s mother.

The student told his mom the teacher did the same thing to two other students. So, she called Lewisville Police.

“They're supposed to feel like they can trust their teachers, their role models, they look up to these teachers,” his mother said. “This is who they spend most of their life with."

It was the 26-year-old coach's first job. He had been at the school for two years. He resigned his position after the allegations were made.

“Even if another kid picks up another kid his same age off the floor at school, what would happen to that kid?” said the sixth grader’s father. “He's probably get suspended in a second.”

For the family, it is a nightmare and they said it is only getting worse. Even during News 8’s interview on Tuesday another text message came in from their son. He was worried about a new threat.

“He's getting so many threats and bullying type of actions, being called names, being called a snitch, being called words we definitely cannot put on camera,” the child’s father said.

The school said it will keep a close eye on their son. But that is little consolation to the parents.

“And for them to have this ridicule, this harassment, this verbal abuse, this bullying, this aggressive behavior, it's unacceptable, it's wrong."

The coach has not been charged. But Police said if the accusations are proven, he could face charges of injury to a child.

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