Texas Parent Claims High School Football Loss Bullying

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Losing is a part of sports, but when does a loss become more? One Texas parent says a recent high school football game wasn't a case of running up the score, instead that it was a case of bullying.

Last Friday night the Aledo, Texas Bearcats made one touchdown after another against Fort Worth's Western Hills. The final score was 91 to nothing.

A Western Hills parent says it was more than just a painful loss, and filed a formal complaint against Aledo's entire coaching staff for bullying. The parent says they should have instructed their team to ease up.

Aledo head coach Tim Buchannan said his coaches and players feel bad about the store, but said the one thing he couldn't do was ask them not to play hard. Coach Buchannan said he tried to keep the score down by limiting starters' playing time, keeping the ball on the ground, making fair catch calls and letting the game clock run. He said he played every player who could physically play.

Aledo ISD Superintendent Derek Citty said the district is following the same procedure that it does with all bullying complaints, but said he's confident that his coaches acted appropriately.

WFAA in Dallas reports that the University Interscholastic League recently moved Aledeo into a district with much weaker Fort Worth football programs. Since the move, Aledo is averaging about 70 points a game this season, scoring 84 points twice. The superintendent said the answer to such lopsided games is to change districts again.

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