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Tattoo shop owner fighting fine arts cuts in BISD
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
A business owner tonight says teachers saved his life.
They didn't use CPR, they used fine arts to jump start his education.
He is part of a growing movement in Beaumont pleading with the school district not to balance the budget on the backs of children and teachers.
It's becoming known as the student protest that shook the Beaumont School District a partial victory to at least delay teacher cuts.
"It's so heartbreaking and that's what put the fire to tell us to get up and do something because nobody else is," Aubrey Trevino, co-owner of Tattoos by Mundo on Calder in Beaumont said.
Mundo and Aubrey Trevino joined their children, a 7th grader from Vincent Middle School and an incoming Ozen High School senior to help stop cuts to the fine arts department.
"To have that taken away and wake up to you're daughter crying over this it really hits home, it wakes you up and it lets you know the cries of the children aren't being heard," Trevino and her husband Mundo Trevino says.
Mundo Trevino credits art teachers with saving his life.
"My voice was with a paint brush was with colored pencils. I grew up very very poor and a lot of those things weren't affordable to my single mom and our schools provided us these programs that introduced us to a bigger world," Mundo Trevino says.
A world that now includes his shop, Tattoos by Mundo on Calder.
"Its given us a voice it's given our children a voice and we can't take that voice away from them, if you're a parent and you believe in your child the n you have to stand up for what you're child believes in," Mundo Trevino says.
The couple admits they stood quiet far too long.
"It's sad that us as parents have found out when it's already on the chopping block and we're just now finding out what's going on with BISD, that's sad and it's sad some parents still don't know what's going on," Aubrey Trevino says.
Now that their eyes have been opened, they say they're not backing down.
"Any and everything we can do, we're there we're on board now, we're trying to get as many parents and students as well to show BISD we are not going to take this," Aubrey Trevino says.
Now, part of a movement catching fire in the school district.
"Parents need to take a stand and stand behind their children and their children's teachers. Period," Mundo Trevino says.
The couple and their children plan to protest outside the administration building each day until the next school board budget meeting Thursday.