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Somerset High School athlete punished for bathroom shot of disabled student

KSAT 12 viewers have posted a number of comments on the internet involving a controversy in the Somerset ISD involving a student athlete who took an inappropriate photo of another students.

In September, a football player took the photo of the disabled student going to the restroom, according to a police report.

The student's mother, Belinda Calderon, said the incident has disturbed her son.

"If he comes out and says, 'I don't want to go to school,' then you know there's a problem," Calderon said. "It's kind of hard (for him), you know, being special needs. He doesn't know how to respond with emotions."

She also was not happy the player was back in class and back on the team after a 45-day stint at an alternative school.

Maury Vasquez, Somerset ISD’s spokesman, said the punishment was meted out according to district procedures.

"As soon as any student completes any disciplinary action that has been placed against him, they are once again allowed to participate in any and all extracurricular activities," Vasquez said.

The district has forwarded its investigation to the Bexar County District Attorney's office.

On KSAT 12's story, many viewers posting comments supporting the mother.

Lori wrote, “what business does he have taking pictures of people with special needs in the rest room."

Eva wrote, "Give this athlete who thinks he is above the rules the maximum punishment."

And Reiss wrote, "This poor child and shame on you Somerset ISD."

Others posting were more sympathetic to the football player.

Roachy wrote, "He deleted the picture so give the kid a break."

Johnny R. wrote, "The mother needs to just suck it up and take it that the kid has been punished."

The case could go to the grand jury within two weeks.

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