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Sep 16, 2013 6:35 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

School Board Member Says CCISD Didn't Do Their Job To Keep Students Safe

CORPUS CHRISTI - One CCISD school board member says parents have been calling him all morning, saying they're terrified and don't want their children out on the fields.

Hector Salinas told me he's spoken to many parents today. He has assured them that he is making it his personal mission to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Salinas says he is now placing more responsibility on school coaches saying it's up to them to make sure the fields students are using are safe.

"Parents, they rely on us and the school to take care of the kids and make sure that they're safe. And somehow, you know, I just like... You know what... We didn't do our job," said Salinas.

Salinas says the death of Cameron Espinosa is something that should have been prevented.

"If it's full of ants the way they say, and there was a lot of ant piles all over, then you know what? Maybe the game shouldn't have gone on," said Salinas.

The former Moody High School coach says the second ants became an issue on the fields, the coaches should have done something about it. He says he knows football is a dangerous sport, but never in his wildest dreams did he ever think a child would die because of something like ants.

"You know there, you figured a broken leg, a broken neck, a broken back. But for this to happen because of red ants... It's just not acceptable," said Salinas.

But now ants have become a problem and a child has died, he says it's now up to the district to do something about it and put all CCISD parents at ease.

"We're gonna have to sit down and really look at everything. So that this will not ever happen again," said Salinas.

Salinas tells me safety of all CCISD students is a top priority for him. He says he wants to personally examine all CCISD fields before allowing students back on them. He says he won't only be checking for ants, but anything else that could cause harm to students.

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