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Chaos Erupts as Mother, Relatives of 12-Year-Old Boy Confront Accused Teen Bully at School; Two Women Arrested

FRESNO, Calif. (TheBlaze/AP) -- Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son, police said Tuesday.

The mother, stepmother and other relatives of a 12-year-old Fresno, California, boy drove to the campus of Cooper Academy, rushed into the cafeteria filled with 100 people for an after-school activity and confronted the two girls, ages 12 and 13, Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez said.

In the confrontation, a 15-year-old daughter of one of the women started to fight with one girl, who later complained of pain to her head and arm, Gomez said.

The two women, ages 29 and 33, and the 15-year-old girl were later arrested on suspicion of felony conspiracy and misdemeanor cruelty to a child, Gomez said.

The boy's mother said Tuesday that she was interviewed by a police detective who told her that she would not be charged. The Associated Press is not naming the mother because her son is the victim of alleged bullying.

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The mother said that before the March 17 incident she repeatedly complained to the school that the girls had verbally bullied her son for two months, but it didn't end. She said that there was some pushing and shoving inside the cafeteria, but she and the other woman were not directly involved. She said a video recording of the incident supports her story.

In a statement provided to KFSN-TV, the Fresno Unified School District responded to the incident:

"Fresno Unified School District takes these incidents very seriously. The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. We applaud the efforts of the school's safety and security team that prevented the matter from escalating further and the Fresno Police Department for investigating and arresting suspects in connection with the incident. Fresno Unified is currently investigating the incident to determine any possible disciplinary action. In an event where disciplinary action is required, the District follows a specific process as outlined by California Education code."

Gomez said the case remains under investigation will be sent to prosecutors who will decide what charges are filed.

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