Robert Gonzales, 34, may not have the best parenting instincts, but the Texas dad does insist upon a fair fight. In fact there's video evidence of his distaste for dirty scrapping in a recently-removed YouTube video where he's seen refereeing a Facebook-promoted fight between his 14-year-old daughter and her 15-year-old frenemy. The mother of his daughter's opponent Monica Ochoa, 35, is also seen, playing Micky from her own girl's corner.
On Thursday, both parents are charged with injury to a child and each held on $10,000 bail. Gonzales' daughter reportedly suffered scratches to his face and neck from the April 10 fight; Ochoa's girl suffered scratches to her neck and a bruised left eye.
"Stand toe to toe," Gonzales is heard to instruct, according to the police affidavit reported by the Austin American Statesman.
"Ochoa walks over to her daughter and tells her to put her hair in a bun to keep it from being grabbed," the police document describes. Another parent apparently doing the best with what she has to work with, Ochoa reportedly had her 6-year-old daughter wait in the car after the fight.
Both parents drove their daughters, both students at Atkins High School in Austin, Texas, to the area outside an elementary school, the location designated on Facebook. Gonzales and Ochoa exhibit further concern for the welfare of their children following the fight, when they are heard arguing over the ethics of hair pulling.
The fight lasts 2:43 minutes and is broken up by Gonzales, who is heard to say, "Someone's gonna call the law." Despite Dad's sudden realization that actions have consequences, the fuzz did find out about the April 10 fight, and little more than two months later, justice came a'callin'.
It's not reported who uploaded the video to the Internet, but as history reveals, (Parents + Fighting kids) x YouTube is an equation that tends to equal arrest. In May, a Florida mom who rode to YouTube glory egging on her 16-year-old daughter in a nasty fight with a classmate was sentenced to a one-day parenting class for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Yet despite that mom's chilling punishment, there continues to be parental participation in Fight Club Jr., in which the first rule should be: You don't upload Fight Club Jr. to YouTube.
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