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Man charged with slapping WUES boy is longtime youth soccer coach

April 12, 2016 By:Charlotte Aguilar

Crime Reports

By Charlotte Aguilar

The man charged with slapping an 11-year-old West University Elementary School pupil after school last Thursday is a former professional soccer player and longtime West University-Bellaire youth soccer coach, InstantNewsWestU has learned.

Nebojsa “Nebo” Bandovic, 50, has operated Nebo Pro Soccer Academy at the West University Recreation Center for a decade and coached youth soccer for a quarter-century. A background check of public records shows no prior criminal charges.

Bandovic told InstantNews he could not comment about the incident until after meeting with an attorney in preparation for a court appearance Wednesday.

He was arrested Monday and released on $5,000 bond after the family of an 11-year-old claimed Bandovic chased the boy and slapped him across the face after the 11-year-old was in an afterschool playground altercation with another child involving a cell phone. A Houston ISD police officer who viewed HISD surveillance video said it “does show the defendant slapping the complainant on the left side of the face with an open hand.”

Another parent came forward to the news media and said Bandovic also chased her son and another boy to the front of the closed school, hit her son on the back of the head and “punched” the third child.

Bandovic did confirm his son is a student at WUES and that he is 8 years old.

In a message to parents as part of the “Pony Express” e-newsletter distributed Monday, WUES Principal John Threet pointed out that the incident — which occurred a half-hour later than the required pickup time — might have been avoided had there not been lack of parental supervision of six children. “Had these kids been properly supervised, we would not have had a potentially dangerous situation occur,” he wrote. (Threet’s entire message may be viewed below.)

According to his biography, Bandovic is a native of Montenegro, a small, coastal Serbian country, and has played professional soccer in Europe and the U.S. He holds the record as alltime leading scorer for the Houston Hotshots soccer team.

Bandovic also owns NB Elite Realty, specializing in apartment developments and management and investments, with offices in major cities throughout Texas.

Nebojsa "Nebo" Bandovic, charged with felony injury to a child in connection with a WUES playground incident, is a longtime West U area youth soccer coach.

Nebojsa “Nebo” Bandovic, charged with felony injury to a child in connection with a WUES playground incident, is a longtime West U area youth soccer coach.

Before turning to coaching, Bandovic was a pro soccer player in Europe and the U.S.

Before turning to coaching, Bandovic was a pro soccer player in Europe and the U.S.

 

There is a very important safety issue which requires your attention.  We have a number of students who are being left after school on the front playground unsupervised.  As stated in the Parent General Information Packet sent home on the first day of school, “All students should be picked up from school no later than 3:15 p.m.”  We had an incident after school last Thursday afternoon around 3:45 p.m. involving six students whose parents had not picked them up after dismissal.  This could have ended very badly all because there was no one to supervise the students.

With the large number of children who are with their parents or nannies it is impossible for us to determine which children are there without adult supervision.  The incident last week moved to an area where there were no adults.  Had these kids been properly supervised, we wouldn’t have had a potentially dangerous situation occur.

YOU MUST ARRANGE FOR ADULT SUPERVISION FOR YOUR CHILD AFTER SCHOOL.  Whether it is a nanny or you, this must occur.  No exceptions.  I will have some unpleasant conversations with parents who choose to ignore this policy and are derelict in their duty.

Have a great week.

John T. Threet, Principal

6 Responses to “Man charged with slapping WUES boy is longtime youth soccer coach”

  1. Robert Says:

    These kids are not angels, are bully, who are destroying the lives of others. First this father and now a teacher. Wake up !!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I would hope that people will consider both sides and not ruin this man’s life with idle chit chat and hearsay.

  3. Victor Sifuentes Says:

    Further with respect to NBC’s short lived series, “The Slap”, the child arguably deserved some discipline as he was dangerously swinging a bat and could have potentially hurt another child. It is debatable whether the child in “The Slap” deserved to be slapped…one could see the case either way. What was most fascinating was seeing the mother of the slapped child on the TV show make this incident her raison d’etre. I saw the report on the NBC affiliate here a couple of nights ago, and the mother of the child who was slapped seemed to have that same passion about her. One has to wonder what provoked the alleged assailant in this instance. One doesn’t really know.

  4. Victor Sifuentes Says:

    NBC hosted a short run series named “The Slap”. This seems very similar.

  5. Ted Ferguson Says:

    “…In WUP, it’s “shoot first, ask questions later”. This is NOT the safe community where I grew up. Poor leadership results in bad outcome.”

    *Sigh*

    No one shot anyone. The last shooting in this area that I can even recall was 9 years ago, and it was some fruitcake that killed his wife in the medical center, and then drove over to St. Mark’s., where he started shooting at the Southside and West U. police, and was rightfully deleted.

    The person that did the slapping in this story was a citizen – not someone in a position of leadership in West U. Nor was it anyone else’s fault, or the result of their policies, that he chose to assault several children. It’s not a reflection on our community that someone decided to handle themselves in a less than adult manner and assault children.

    Lastly, if West U. is such a source of unhappiness and misery for you, why don’t you consider taking the only sane course of action, and move somewhere more to your liking? It would be in everyone’s best interest, and I’m sure that there is somewhere out there with more people of your caliber and quality.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    What provoked the reaction from a long time WU coach? I am interested in BOTH sides of the story. In WUP, it’s “shoot first, ask questions later”. This is NOT the safe community where I grew up. Poor leadership results in bad outcome.

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