The mother and stepmother of a 12-year-old boy who was allegedly being bullied at Cooper Academy in central Fresno were arrested on suspicion of assaulting the two girls they say bullied their son, according to Fresno police.
More charges are possible against other suspects who participated in the March 17 incident, Lt. Joe Gomez said Tuesday.
The two women drove to Cooper, entered the cafeteria during an after-school program and assaulted the two girls, ages 12 and 13, Gomez said. There were about 100 people in the cafeteria at the time.
No injuries were reported, but the 15-year-old daughter of one of the women assaulted an adult at the school and another relative may have assaulted a school official, Gomez said.
The investigation is continuing. “There are a lot of witnesses to contact,” Gomez said.
The Fresno Unified School District is also investigating to determine if any disciplinary action is needed.
“The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority,” the district said in a statement. “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.”