*Of all the things a 14-year-old girl might be disciplined for: cutting class, smoking pot, sassing a teacher – choosing to dance with a boy her own age at a Quinceanera dance somehow doesn’t seem fitting.
But it happened to this Texas teen, a young Latina girl whose father, Aaron Aranza, embarrassed her by attacking her in front of everybody because she chose an African American boy to dance with.
According to court documents obtained by The Houston Chronicle Aranza, 37, whipped his 14-year-old daughter with a belt and knocked her into a coffee table.
The alleged incident occurred at the dance practice on April 11, in Houston. Witnesses told police Aranza became enraged when his daughter selected an African-American teen as a dance partner, Click2houston.com reported.
In all seriousness, let’s stop and picture this.
Your beautiful daughter is “practicing” being all dressed up in the lovely Quinceanera dress her mother and sisters most likely helped her shop for. This is a big deal. She has learned the etiquette, and the parents have been invited to watch. The girls are given the order to choose a mate. In their most classy act, they glide over to their intended (hoping the parents in attendance are smiling broadly with pride at seeing their classy behavior).
Now back to this teens reality.
It is also reported that these court documents state in addition to allegedly attacking his daughter, Aranza used a racial epithet when he encountered the African-American teen and pushed the young man, saying “I don’t care that you are a kid.”
According to ABC13.com, Aranza was charged Tuesday with injury to a child under 15. He was released from the Harris County Jail that same day after posting a $20,000 bond.
It is unclear what injuries Aranza’s daughter may have suffered or if the family of the young man intends to press charges.
Quinceanera is the celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in communities of people from Latin America.