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October 22, 2013

Aledo ISD refutes bullying claim

District investigates, finds no wrongdoing following complaint of Western Hills parent after lopsided win

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“Do I want to score 91 points when the other team is not able to tackle us?” he asked. “No, but I’m not going to ask our players to take a knee.”

Player empathy

Citty, a former football coach, said Aledo’s players showed empathy for the losing Fort Worth team.

“After you win, it’s music, kids are dancing, it’s euphoria,” he said. “After this game it was quiet, somber.

“The kids did not get pleasure out of winning the game in that way. In fact, some of our kids asked Coach Buchanan what they could do to keep this thing from getting any worse than it did.”

Citty said Peterson, responsible for conducting the investigation, talked to the parent who filed the initial complaint, “a very amenable gentleman.”

“We were able to clear the air on a number of issues,” Citty said. “I understand his position. He watched his son get beat 91 to nothing, and he had to spend time with him after the game.

“It’s demoralizing to be beaten that badly. He probably acted a little out of emotion — I don’t know, I can’t speak for that gentleman.”

Citty said he talked with Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby, Buchanan spoke with Western Hills Coach John Naylor and Peterson talked with his counterpart at Western Hills High School.

“The staff from both the school districts are on the same page,” he said. “We fully see each other’s position on this, and there’s not going to be an issue between the two of us.”

Clint Bond, a spokesperson for Western Hills, said the school district had no statement to offer.

“There’s nothing for us to comment about,” he said. “We didn’t file a complaint.

“There’s no change in our relationship with Aledo ISD — whatever it was on Thursday, it is on Tuesday.”

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