MILLSAP, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) A high school football player in Millsap, west of Fort Worth, has been charged with assault by a deaf classmate on the night of his return home.
At one overnight stay that night, 18-year-old Trent Irwin thought he was among friends.
They woke him up as he slapped him in the face, lay on top of him and shone light in his eyes.
“Stop. Go to bed, dudes,” he said, unable to hear their laughter.
Trent uses cochlear implants to hear.
When he removes his processors at night, he is at his most vulnerable.
“I do not hear what is going on. Just completely – no sound, “he told CBS 11 in an interview.
“He’s being hit very hard, and there was definitely some disorientation,” said his father, Jeremy Irwin.
His family provided us with cell phone videos taken the night of the assault. They cut off with a shot of Trent standing and walked away. But his family says the abuse escalated from there.
“I am furious. I’m outraged, ”Jeremy said.
According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses report that Trent is charged with 17-year-old Austin Gonzalez, who then slapped Trent and punched him two to three times in the face.
A final video taken that night shows Trent on the floor with blood flowing down his face.
Two weeks later, Trent is still making trips to the hospital to treat recurrent nosebleeds and better understand the extent of his injuries.
On Thursday, October 7, Parker County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gonzalez.
Millsap ISD, where Gonzalez and others involved in the sleepover are football players, released a statement saying: “The district administration is aware of recent allegations of bullying and is working with local law enforcement to actively investigate the matter.”
Trent has yet to return to campus.
“I’m not happy about being at my school right now. It’s not safe for me, ”he said.
Community members have rallied to support him, but his family says they want justice.
“I want to see these boys punished as criminally as they deserve to be. Because they are a herd of animals. If you question it, you can watch the videos. They’re out there. Like a pack of wolves, ”Jeremy said.
A lawyer for the family says there are also adults to be held accountable, including the owner of the home where the assault took place, who works as a teacher for the district.
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