Students involved in the Victoria East High School incident speak out
“It was wrong, it was very wrong. My son is hurt due to the situation, and I'm pretty sure he's going to be the one to get in trouble for this when he wasn't the one that started it or created it and neither was his girlfriend,” says Vanessa Martinez, Davian's mom.
VICTORIA, Texas – Natassia Rios and her boyfriend Davian Salas were at lunch at Victoria East High School when they say three other students began to pick on them, which eventually led to the three girls fighting Natassia.
“She physically put her hands on me and then that’s whenever we started…the altercation happened and he was trying to separate it…get us away from each other,” says Natassia.
Natassia says the school has around 2,000 students, so she had no idea who the girls were.
“They’re completely random females. I don’t know their names, never spoke to them once, I don’t know them at all,” says Natassia.
Natassia was outnumbered, that’s where her boyfriend stepped in she says.
“He was still trying to go in and stopping, get the females off of me you know? And then I just remember looking up and I see the security guard pick him up and slam him for absolutely no reason at all. Absolutely no reason. He was not harming anybody. He wasn’t trying to hurt anybody, he was just trying to, you know, get the females off of me because there was multiple of them,” says Natassia.
Davian says he was just trying to diffuse the situation and protect his girlfriend.
“I didn’t lay my hands on him. I didn’t touch nobody, didn’t harm nobody. My thing was I wasn’t trying to harm nobody. I was just trying to defuse the situation and try not to make it escalate to bigger than what it already was, and is,” says Davian.
Davian says the deputy should have used handcuffs instead. He thinks ego played a role in how he was treated.
“Definitely crossed the line like you have handcuffs for a reason. You could at least detain me. Come on now, slamming a little 16-year-old, do you see how big you are compared to me? And some of them have very big egos that they live up to as well. So, they let their ego get to their head and let the ego get the best of them,” says Davian.
Corina Rios, Natassia’s mom, says the school resource officer should have focused more on the three girls who she says instigated the fight.
“I feel like this security guard targeted him, tunnel-visioned on him, and was allowing my daughter to be attacked by three kids in the background. None of this should have happened. Davian should not have been doing the job of the security guard trying to protect one student from three girls,” says Corina.
Vanessa Martinez is Davian’s mom and she says she fears her son will end up taking the fall for Monday’s incident.
“It was wrong, it was very wrong. My son is hurt due to the situation, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to be the one to get in trouble for this when he wasn’t the one that started it or created it and neither was his girlfriend,” says Vanessa.
With over 700 shares on Facebook, the video of the fight is making its rounds on social media, but Vanessa is thankful it was caught on camera.
“I’m so glad because I always tell my son or his girlfriend if there’s anything that’s bad happening, record it, take your phone out and start recording it. That way you can have evidence,” says Vanessa.
Davian ended up with a broken ankle and he and Natassia are suspended until April 13, 2022.
The Victoria County Sheriff’s office released a statement on Monday saying the incident is under investigation and the deputy seen in the video was reassigned until an administrative review is completed. You can view the press release here.
At this time VISD says it cannot comment since the incident involves students.
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