A Millsap teenager was arrested on a charge of assault causing bodily injury Thursday, roughly two weeks after video began circulating of an incident involving another Millsap student.
The student’s father, Jeremy Irwin, posted video and updates on his Facebook page of his son, Trent, getting medical attention and suffering nosebleeds, the result, he wrote, of bullying and an assault that took place Sept. 25.
Messages left for Irwin were not returned by presstime.
The Parker County Sheriff’s office received a report of an assault on that date at a Millsap residence that occurred around 3 a.m. during a party involving several teenagers.
During the investigation, investigators interviewed several witnesses who were at the party that stated a 17-year-old male was sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor in one room of the house, along with other people, when several teens began “messing” with him by shining a light in his face, laying on top of him and trying to wake him up, Sheriff Russ Authier said. One of the individuals, Austin Gonzalez, also 17, smacked the boy on the face several times. The teen told Gonzalez to stop and when he did not, the teen swung at Gonzalez. The teen then got up and charged Gonzalez, who “body-slammed” the teen, Authier said. Gonzalez struck the victim in the face two to three times with a closed fist. Some of the teens provided aid to the victim by cleaning him up and provided a bandage and ice for his facial wounds after the fight, according to the sheriff’s office.
In an interview with NBCDFW, Irwin said his son is deaf, and at night removes the processor that works with his cochlear implant to help him hear clearly.
Irwin posted that his son has not been back to school for fear of how he would be treated if he returned.
Millsap ISD released a statement Thursday from Superintendent Edie Martin, who said the district’s goal is to ensure the “welfare and safety of students and staff remains a top priority. This common mission was the driving force behind the district’s immediate response when informed of [the] off-campus event ... that led to safety concerns.”
The district said student discipline was administered in accordance with established district policy, but could not release names or specific disciplinary action against specific students due to federal law.
Millsap ISD added that athletic consequences had also been administered in alignment with the MHS Athletic Handbook and no football team awards had been issued since the Sept. 24 event.
A message left for Millsap Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jake Johnson was not returned by press time.
Earlier this week, several supporters gathered for a community rally in Millsap, holding up signs with #justicefortrent and denouncing bullying.