Students could face punishment for running onto field following win

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — It’s the soccer match that is making national headlines, and now some students could face consequences.

School officials are deciding whether to punish the students who rushed the field after the Vandegrift girls’ soccer team won the state title.

Georgetown police officer George Bermudez is on paid administrative leave for tripping and pushing some those students.

“As you can see from the video, most of them are just bear hugging each other and jumping up and down,” said Stacy Cooley. Her 17-year-old son, Austin, was one of many running onto the field to take part in the celebration. “I just didn’t see the harm.”

Bermudez then grabbed Austin as the student tried to make his way to the group.

“My initial reaction was ‘what a goofball,'” Stacy said. “Really? That’s too much.”

Austin says he was just trying to have a good time and celebrate the first ever state title for the girls soccer team. “I don’t know if he was trying to throw me to the ground, but my momentum shifted when he threw me the other way.”

A spokeswoman for Leander ISD says she couldn’t say specifically what punishment, if any, will be dished out to the students who participated in running on the field. But she did say this is a first for the district and there is nothing written in the schools code of conduct.

“I don’t feel like we should be punished,” Austin said. “And I think if we are, that’s a mistake.”

“If disciplinary action is taken we’ll just have to live with the consequences,” Stacy added. But she hopes it won’t come to that and wants school officials to realize this was a group of kids just trying to have a good time.

Bermudez did not respond when KXAN reached out to him at his home on Tuesday.

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