Student organization unhappy with punishment of football players

The Bridge City Independent School District Superintendent has confirmed to 12 News that two students locked a third inside a locker in the football field house.

Superintendent Mike King says the life skills student was interviewed by two football coaches at separate times and told both of them he volunteered to be locked in the locker. 

The Superintendent would not discuss the punishment for the two players.

Meet in the Middle is a program that started in 30 Texas schools four years ago.  It's dedicated to encouraging special needs students to develop a greater understanding of those around them. 

Bridge City High School participates in the program and Nicole Smith is the president.

"We help them feel welcome, like they are one of us because they don't always feel that way," Smith said. 

Smith learned this week that a freshman life skills student was locked in a football locker by two teammates. 
"When I found out I was irate," Smith said.

In a voicemail to 12 News, Superintendent Mike King explained the district's findings through interviews with the students involved. 

"No one was forced in a locker, one was sitting in a locker and asked others to close the locker and they did," King said.

King later added that the special education student was voluntarily locked in a locker, but was let out by the athletic director immediately after he was notified.

Smith says she also investigated to see what punishment the perpetrators would face.

"The principal said Coach Stump made them flip tires and stuff," 

In her eyes it's injustice.

"I'm unhappy with it," she said. 

Superintendent King said the investigation is ongoing.



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