Posted October 23, 2013

Texas high school football coach cleared of bullying charges

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A parent has accused Aledo coach Tim Buchanan of bullying after a 91-0 rout. (Getty Images)

Aledo coach Tim Buchanan has been cleared of a bullying charge after a 91-0 rout. (Getty Images)

The Associated Press reports a Texas high school football coach has been cleared of bullying charges filed by the parent of an opposing player following a 91-0 loss.

Aledo head coach Buchanan told the AP Wednesday that district administrators said the investigation found “no grounds” to support the complaint. State law requires school districts to investigate complaints of bullying.

“Basically, there were no grounds for bullying during the game, prior to the game or after the game,” Buchanan said.

Aledo, a three-time Class 4A state champion ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press statewide poll, beat Fort Worth Western Hills, 91-0, Friday. The runaway win raised Aledo’s average margin of victory to 77 points in each of their four district games.

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Buchanan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tuesday the margins of victory are troublesome for him and his coaching staff. He said he removed his offensive starters after 21 plays and both teams agreed to use a running clock in the second half.

“I’m upset about it,” Buchanan said. “I don’t like it. I sit there the whole third and fourth quarter and try to think how I can keep us from scoring.”

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A copy of the complaint obtained by the Associated Press quoted a parent, whose name was redacted by the Aledo school district, who said: “we all witnessed bullying firsthand.”

“Picking up my son from the fieldhouse after the game and taking him home was tough,” the complaint read. “I did not know what to say to my son on the ride home to explain the behavior of the aledo (sic) coaches for not easing up when the game was in hand.”

One section of the complaint asks to list the names of any witnesses to the bullying. Wrote the parent: “everyone in the football stadium.”

The parent put no blame on Aledo players, and instead praised them for good sportsmanship and wished them good luck.


4 comments
mystafugee
mystafugee

I love how people pretend football gives kids life skills.  You don't have to put on a helmet to learn to be a hypocritical scumbag.  

Runronnierun
Runronnierun

It's called football. Weenie parenting. Teach your son to be a whiner. You think a third string player is going to go easy? All or none. Pathetic.

pk_sea
pk_sea

Once that parent's name gets out, their kid will probably be bullied for real.

Noe
Noe

@mystafugee looks like somebody wasn't a cool kid in high school. The life skills that can possibly be taken from this experience are almost too many to count. As a former football player (HS and D3), if that ever happened to me, I would be embarrassed to the point that I would work all off season in the weight room to ensure that that never happens again, or I could at least get some good payback for next year. What does that teach-work ethic. Sometimes you need to have your flaws pointed out so that you may work on them. But no, you must obviously agree with the mom: "Sure, junior, it's ok, those guys were bullies and bad sports! You guys were the real winners out there, trying your hardest and everything... yay for you!" Grow up. Like the coach said, he was even trying to FIND WAYS NOT TO SCORE so he didn't make the team feel bad, and they STILL couldn't stop them. 


I honestly can't imagine what would happen if we lived in a world where we give the "disadvantaged" every possible benefit at the expense of fairness (like this coach) and still they do nothing with it.


May this embarrassing defeat stir those players to reconsider how much they are invested into the sport and what life skills they will adapt to suit that investment should they decide to stick around for next year.