Posted: Oct 8, 2012 9:20 PM by Mike Manzoni -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Oct 9, 2012 3:17 AM
ORANGE GROVE -- The mother of a junior varsity football player who filed a police report after she said the head football coach called her son a "loser," before making disparaging remarks about her weight said Monday she will not accept an apology from the coach unless it is videotaped by a news camera.
But the coach, Jerry Bomar, said he never agreed to apologize and that a meeting between parents and administrators is standard procedure after a complaint against a school employee is filed.
Sharla Lozano filed a complaint with Orange Grove police last week alleging that after confronting Bomar about her son's lack of playing time, he called her "fat," and followed her into the high school's parking lot where he went into a profanity-laced tirade.
Lozano said the high school's principal, Arnold Diaz, called her Monday to arrange a face-to-face apology from Bomar, who is also the school's athletic director. She said, however, that she would only agree to accept the apology if a news camera was present. School officials, she said, declined her request to have media involved on the grounds that the meeting would be "confidential."
Bomar, speaking for the first time since the allegations surfaced, wrote in a text message Monday night: "The high school principal called and said it is school protocol to have a meeting with parents and teachers when there is a disagreement of any sort in the school district with administrators present. I am engaged in football and did not call the lady."
Lozano said that without a third party witnessing an apology, she is concerned that it will be her word against Bomar's. "They're [football parents] not going to see the real Bomar," she said. "It's not going to be over until these football mothers here know what's going on."
According the school district's Athletic Coaches' Policy Manual, profanity "will not be tolerated in and around the athletic facilities, practices, games or conditioning program." Lozano also pointed out that the manual addresses player participation, reading "All participants who have attended the required practice sessions should be played in each contest." She said although her son, Isaac, attended every practice, he was not played in every game.
After our report aired Friday, several viewers -- many of them parents of athletes -- commented on our website and Facebook page both supporting Bomar and expressing outrage at the allegations. One parent wrote, "...this is NOT little league baseball or peewee football where EVERYONE gets to play -- you MUST earn your position!" Another viewer wrote, "Bomar needs to learn respect for the parents of the students."
The school district superintendent, Lynn Burton, would not comment on any meeting arrangements. A statement released Friday said the principal "...conducted a thorough investigation of this complaint."
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