Claims of bullying by coach addressed at YISD meeting, students show up to defend him

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Mother speaks at YISD board meeting about claims of bullying by coach, students show up to defend him

A Bel Air High School mother asked the Ysleta Independent School District board of trustees to take action against a coach she claims bullied her daughter.

She doesn’t believe the district is doing enough and made her concerns heard at Wednesday's board meeting.

But, not only did a mother voice her concerns, some Bel Air High School students also showed to up show support for their coach.

Ana Gonzalez alleges that a Bel Air coach, who KFOX14 is not naming at this time, did not give her daughter a fair opportunity to try out for the sport he coaches and was mistreating her.

As we previously reported, YISD conducted an investigation into the coach.

The report states that there was evidence the student was not given a fair opportunity.

In fact, there were no formal tryouts.

It also states that the coach subjected the student to unprofessional, demeaning treatment, even berating her in front of students.

The report went on to say that the coach’s manner of communication can be perceived as rude and unprofessional by some of his student-athletes.

YISD said in a statement that it will not comment on this matter since it is a personnel issue.

But it said they are following policy.

Gonzalez told KFOX14 she wanted to address the board, to make them aware of the situation and to ask them to take action.

“My question to you is, what are you going to do about this,?” said Gonzalez. “I, as well as, the public, need to know what steps you will take to reassure no other student is bullied by this coach.”

Meanwhile, student-athletes showed up holding signs in support of the Bel Air coach.

“So I don’t think it’s fair that he’s being accused of all of this stuff,” said a Bel Air student. “Nothing has been - no concrete proof has been brought to anyone’s attention enough to fire him. So, I think this issue should be dismissed.”

The board member who represents the Bel Air area, Connie Woodruff, told KFOX14 the matter is being handled by the district at this time.

The Ysleta Teachers Association said if any educator were to abuse a child in any way, the association would not protect them, unless they are found innocent.

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