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Deaf high school student assaulted by fellow football players

Homecoming in Texas

Homecoming in Texas is nothing short of spectacular, from giant mums and garters to football to dancing to celebrating throughout the night.

Texas Homecoming mums are Texas-sized

On September 25, homecoming weekend in Millsap, TX, Trent Irwin and fellow varsity football players from the high school spent the night in a teacher’s home. This teacher has a son on the varsity football team, as well. Millsap is a tiny town, only an area of 1.5 square miles with a population of about 290, located approximately 78 miles west of Dallas.

The students did have access to alcohol, as well, but it is unclear if or how it played into the actions that took place that night.

Trent’s Silent Assault

Trent Irwin wears a cochlear implant in order to hear. At night, he removes the processor and therefore is completely deaf. During the night, Trent is awakened by one student lying atop him, another shining a light in his eyes, and yet another slapping his face to wake him. They are laughing and calling him names. Trent can hear nothing and tells them to stop and go to sleep. The harassment continues. Upon standing, he is body slammed and beaten, blood running from his eyes and nose.

Urged to Lie

The following morning, one of Trent’s “friends” attempted to manipulate him into lying about what happened, to say he fell off a RipStik. Three days later, videos surfaced — taken by those who assaulted Trent.

Trent’s Father Reaches Out

Jeremy Irwin, Trent’s father, told NBC that his son will still need multiple upcoming medical procedures, as well.

The following link is a short video interview which includes photos of Trent after the event:

NBC Link of interview with Trent and Jeremy

The First Arrest

It took twelve days before student Austin Gonzalez, 17, was arrested and charged with Assault Bodily Injury. The investigation is ongoing, and the actions of other students and educators are being looked into.

Austin Patrick Gonzalez

What is the high school doing now?

According to sources, a crisis counselor has not yet been brought into the high school for the other students to process the events of their classmate. In fact, the school is not even allowing the students to discuss the events at all; they are told they will be sent to the office, ISS (In-School Suspension), or DAEP (Disciplinary Alternative Education Program) if they do so.

Social Media

The parents of Trent Irwin, students at Millsap High School, and many others have taken to social media to get the word out, using #JusticeForTrent to tag their posts. Jeremy Irwin took to Facebook Live on October 6th. This is a small clip:

While scrolling #JusticeForTrent, you will find numerous comments regarding bullying and lack of response from Millsap ISD that have gone on for decades. The following is just one post of many:

As the investigation continues, updates to this article will be posted.

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