A San Antonio, Texas, mother shared photos of her son after he was bullied and severely physically attacked at school.
Valerie Ann Lozano told KSAT that her son was in gym class when the bully "threatened to beat him up after school." She claimed that her son told the coach that another student wanted to fight him, and the coach responded by saying, "Don't worry, I got you."
According to Lozano, the coach did nothing to prevent the attack from happening.
The mother shared photos of her son following the fight, showing him on the ground with blood splattered around him and on his clothes.
"The Principal, my son and I had a meeting the next morning [and] the coach was called up to the front office for the meeting," she wrote in the post. The coach, she added, never showed up for the meeting.
"I want something to be done about this because the coach knew my son was going to be in a fight [but] he never did anything about it this," Lozano wrote.
Southwest ISD, the boy's school district, ultimately issued a statement to KSAT saying that they "take these types of matters very seriously."
"On Thursday, January 25, 2018 we had two students that were involved in an altercation in the bus loading area of Resnik Middle School. The altercation lasted about six seconds and was immediately intervened by one of our SWISD officers and a teacher," the statement read.
"Both students received minor injuries, one was punched in the nose [and] the other student was punched in the eye. Both received immediate medical treatment. Prior to Thursday, there had not been any incidents reported concerning either students. However this is an ongoing investigation and appropriate administrative action will be taken as needed."
Many readers slammed the coach for not stepping in and taking the boy's concerns seriously.
"If you are a parent who has monsters for kids and refuse to acknowledge it, you are to blame. If you work with kids and DO NOT help, you are to blame. I am sick over this," one Daily Mail reader commented.
"I recall when I was in school, there were good teachers who stepped up, and lame pathetic ones who pretended not to see children getting bullied by classmates," another wrote.
Others, however, felt that the coach shouldn't necessarily be held responsible if the fight took place outside of his class.
"Was the coach even present when this happened? A coach saying, I got your back, during PE does not extend to the entire day. That it happened is awful, but I think the mom's anger may be displaced. Texas law needs to change. I am a Texas teacher. Legally, if children get into a fight, I am supposed to call for support from someone with the right to restrain," one reader commented.
"Only certain teachers can do that. It is all ridiculous. If I ever need to protect a child, I will do that and then probably be fired. All of my children go to private school. There are so many children in regular ed classrooms that should not be in them. More and more people need to put their kids into private school."