A California mother and stepmother have recently been arrested for assaulting a pair of teenage girls who had been bullying their 12-year-old son.
Fresno police say that the two women were sick of hearing about their boy getting mistreated and decided to confront the bullies themselves in what turned out to be a violent confrontation in the cafeteria after school on Mar. 17. According to ABC News, more than 100 people witnessed the mother, Teri Don Johnson, and stepmother, Inez Hernandez, confront the two girls, ages 12 and 13, at Cooper Academy.
"The little boy was there, too," said Lt. Joe Gomez. "He wasn't involved in the fight, but clearly he pointed out the two teenagers that were allegedly causing him problems."
In addition to the mother and stepmother, the boy was arrested for helping initiate the fight by his family members despite claiming to be the victim in this situation. Arrests did not end there, as the boy’s sister got involved as well.
"The 15-year-old sister was arrested for the felony charge of conspiracy," said Gomez. "And also she assaulted a school official who was trying to break it up - probably pushed her back or punched her - and the little boy was also arrested for the conspiracy charge."
Fresno Unified School District provided this statement to Action News:
"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."
Authorities claim that the parents have talked to administrators in the past about the problem their boy was facing, but they felt that nothing was being done to fix the situation. Several parents told Action News that although they do not condone the violence, they do understand how the mother and stepmother felt in having to take matters into their own hands.
"I've been in a situation where my daughter was getting bullied," said parent Michelle Balladarez. "And I requested over and over for something to be done, and nothing's ever been done."
Fortunately, no one in the incident was injured but the two women were arrested on suspicions of felony conspiracy and misdemeanor cruelty to a child, Gomez said.
The investigation is ongoing. “There are a lot of witnesses to contact,” Gomez said.
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