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School Accused Of Bullying After 91-0 Football Game

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Is it bullying for a high school football team to beat another team 91-0?

That's what one Texas parent is claiming after the Fort Worth Western Hills squad lost the lopsided contest to Aledo High School. The parent filed a bullying complaint on the school's website, arguing the Aledo coaches should have let up at some point in the blowout.

Now, a formal investigation is looking into whether a high school football team was bullying when it beat another team, 91-0.

Aledo High School football coach Tim Buchanan says that he did everything he could think of on Friday night when his team played against Western Hills, but it was clear the game was going to be a shutout.

He pulled his starters in the first quarter, put his second string players in, then his third stringers.

In the third quarter, they started a running clock that doesn't stop unless there's a timeout or a score. In the fourth quarter, they went to a continuous running clock. Despite all his efforts to equalize his own team to the rival, the final score was still 91-0.

The high score is not an uncommon thing for Aledo High School. The team is 7-0, and have scored 77 points or more in their last four games. They have players that are sent to play football in college.

But after the game, Buchanan was told that a parent from Western hills filed a bullying report on him.

He says the parent said Aledo's players showed good sportsmanship, but that Buchanan had bullied his players to bully the other team and run up the score.

The coach wondered what else he could have done, besides tell his players to take a knee.

"I'm not gonna tell a kid that comes out here and practices six to seven hours a week trying to get ready for football games," Buchanan said, "'Hey, you can't score a touchdown if you get in, you're gonna have to take a knee,' cause that may be the only touchdown that kid gets to score in his high school career."

Some Aledo High School parents that FOX4 spoke with didn't think a football game fit the definition of bullying either.

The Star Telegram got a hold of the coach John Naylor from the Western Hills team, and he didn't think it was bullying either.

"I think the game was handled fine," Naylor told The Star Telegram. "They're No. 1 for a reason, and I know Coach Buchanan. We're fighting a real uphill battle right now."

Naylor, who had around 30 players ready on Friday night, said there was only so much Aledo could do to stop scoring.

"We just ran into a buzzsaw, you know," Naylor said.

Superintendent Derek Citty told NBC5 that his district will take the complaint just as seriously as it would a complaint that a group of students within the district is picking on a classmate.

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