BAYTOWN, Texas (FOX 26) - Goose Creek Independent School District administrators say they can‘t say much about a student-coach incident due to an ongoing investigation, but a district spokesperson tells FOX 26 News that a coach was physically assaulted by a male student who the coach had to physically restrain. But the student says he was the one assaulted.
“I was in the classroom, there were weights and he started screaming at me," said 10th grade student Javeon Lopez. "I was like, 'You don’t have to scream at me, I was just lifting weights.'’’ Then Lopez said he picked up a baseball.
“He’s like, 'I told you to leave stuff alone,'” said Lopez. Then the sophomore student said the coach came closer and he was spitting in his face.
“I was like, 'Get out of my face, dude, please,'” said Lopez.
“Javeon said when the coach was in his face, he was spitting,” said Javeon's mother Mary Pete. “You don’t want nobody spitting in your face, so he said he did shove the coach to get him out of his face.”
Lopez said the coach hit him in the face and he hit him back.
“And I started hitting him back, he bodyslammed me onto the ground and I hit my head on the weights,” said Lopez. "I was like, 'Let me up,' and he just kept holding me down on the ground.”
Mary said she and Javeon’s father went to the field house and “We went off.”
“They kept saying he was in the back office but they never would bring him to us," said Pete. "All the coaches were telling us to calm down how can you calm down when this coach just jumped my son, there’s no calming down.”
Goose Creek ISD released a statement that said the coach was physically assaulted by the sophomore and he had to physically restrain him.
“What was he trying to restrain him from?," asked Pete. "What was he doing for you to restrain him? He wasn’t doing nothing until you hit him.”
Pete wants criminal charges filed against the coach who is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
“They will see my face until something happens and I mean that,” said Pete.