SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – A mother claims her daughter was bullied on the soccer field – not by her fellow players – but by her coach because she lost her thumb in an accident.
Her daughter is a student at Socorro High School. The mother said the coach called her and her daughter liars. Furious, the mother demanded something be done, but said those demands fell on deaf ears.
“Nobody seems to care about my child,” she said, adding she’s at her wit’s end.
Tanya Tenorio said her daughter has been bullied repeatedly at Socorro High School.
“She was just so frustrated and so angry,” Tenorio said. “My daughter came home after practice in tears crying.”
A junior at the school, Tenorio’s daughter lost her thumb in an ATV accident last year. Tenorio said it was a hard thing to go through, and she’s had to adjust. She said the head coach told the other girls to “block her, do whatever it takes to keep her from scoring. Pull her ponytail or pull her thumb.”
It made the girl and her mother furious.
“I was beyond words,” Tenorio said. “I can’t explain.”
Tenorio said they’ve had issues with the coach in the past. When she went to administration about the recent thumb comment, she said they gave him a verbal reprimand on Aug. 26. She then filed a second complaint.
“Teammates told her that the coach addressed the team and mentioned her name and my name that we were liars,” Tenorio said.
Since then, Tenorio said her daughter left the team for a few days. She said the coach apologized, but it wasn’t convincing. The superintendent, Randal Earwood, the coach and Tenorio all met but she said that didn’t go anywhere.
“I have just been given the run around,” Tenorio said.
KRQE News 13 called the Earwood for three days and even went to his home, but had no luck reaching him. News 13 did get in touch with school board president Ann Shiells, who said she couldn’t talk about it. Tenorio said they are not doing their job.
“I think that’s wrong,” she said. “I think it’s wrong what they’re teaching our kids. These parents, the kids, they’re being ignored. They’re being ignored.”
Tenorio said when the coach apologized, he said that he only did it because the girl jokes about it. Tenorio also said he told her he never called her a liar to the other girls.
Tenorio wants to see the coach written up, but she said since Socorro is a small town and people know each other within the schools, things tend to get overlooked.