Pee wee football practice prompts police investigation

At seven and eight-years old, pee wee football players are learning to play physical.

At a Tuesday peewee football Bulldog's practice in Harlingen, some said a parent got physical with a player.

They said he grabbed the boy's face mask and yelled at him.

He made me cry, said seven-year-old Jeremiah Rivera.

Jeremiah Rivera is the son of the Bulldog's coach.

His dad and mom filed an assault report against the parent with Harlingen Police.

"Nobody has that right to do that, said Jeremiah TMs mom Priscilla Rivera. To come up to a seven-year-old and scream at him and scare him."

According to parents, Jeremiah Rivera wasn't the only child frightened.

"The kids, you look around they were just dumb struck, said parent Cathy Sanchez. They were in shock. They were scared."

But the accused parent said his son had been a victim of fear far too long.

He said his son reports being bullied at football practice.

The parent did not want to talk on camera but said he saw players deliberately trip his son several times.

He said he got fed up and reacted out of emotion.

He claimed he used just two fingers to lift the player's helmet up and yell at him.

He told Action 4 News it was a mistake.

Jeremiah Rivera TMs dad said it could have been prevented.

"He should have come to me as head coach, said Coach Carlos Rivera. I would have done something about it."

Police will now decide what should be done.

The accused parent is said to be a football coach at San Benito High School.

The San Benito school district said it is aware of the "alleged" incident.

They said they will address it accordingly.

Action 4 News did not receive a response from the school district when we asked when an outcome might be reached in this case.