An El Paso area schools superintendent, in San Antonio for an educators’ leadership institute last month, head-butted the superintendent of another district during a 1 a.m. confrontation in a Whataburger, the El Paso Times reported, based on police accounts.
According to police reports and witness accounts cited by the newspaper, Ysleta schools Superintendent Xavier De La Torre head-butted Socorro schools Superintendent Jose Espinoza on June 13 in the downtown burger joint.
Ysleta board President Cruz Ochoa denied knowledge of the incident although information on it has spread across social media. When the Times told Ochoa that documents obtained via an open-records request confirmed the altercation, he said he would have to consult the district attorney’s office before commenting.
A month and a half after the altercation, Ysleta trustees still declined to discuss with the newspaper whether disciplinary action is merited against De La Torre.
San Antonio police responded to the fight and found that the suspect appeared intoxicated. Because no criminal charges were filed, the names of the attacker and witnesses were redacted from the report. But the Times confirmed the suspect was De La Torre by requesting police reports involving his name and date of birth. One of the records obtained was the redacted report from June 13.
De La Torre has repeatedly declined to comment on the incident to the Times.
The police report indicates the fight started after De La Torre looked at Espinoza’s clothing and asked, “Where are you coming from? Soccer practice?”
De La Torre later head-butted Espinoza, and Espinoza responded by punching his attacker in the face, according to a witness. After De La Torre fell down, off-duty sheriff’s deputy Frank Ramos detained the two men until San Antonio police arrived.
Espinoza released a statement confirming the incident, but would not comment on who attacked him.