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EXCLUSIVE: Mom of student reportedly bullied at SLO High speaks out

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A week after a San Luis Obispo High School student was arrested and accused of felony hate crimes against another student, KSBY News spoke exclusively Tuesday with the mother of the alleged victim.

"It makes me feel like you want to just constantly follow him around and protect him because bullying is so serious," said Holly. For the teen's privacy, we chose to only use her first name.

Holly says a student at SLO High School bullied and harassed her 15-year-old son "once the student found out about his autism diagnosis," she continued.

This was last November, when her son and the boy had a class together. Holly says it started out with teasing about his autism and that her son tried to handle it on his own.

"He would talk to the school about it, he would talk to teachers about it," Holly continued.

The situation escalated when the boys got into a physical fight. Then threatening texts were sent.

"The text messages were horrendous and violent and threatened him, so because of that, we felt that there had already been an altercation between the two of them, that it was time to get some other people to step in," Holly added. She contacted police.

"As a parent you hope that never happens."

Investigators say the aggressor threatened to hurt the victim because of his autism and perceived sexual orientation.

When news broke of the 15-year-old's arrest, comments from other parents flooded our page.

"I felt really happy that obviously a community conversation has started. We're not the only family and I think the community is ready to step up and say, 'Nope. No more.'"

We asked the assistant superintendent of San Luis Coastal Unified School District what will happen to the student but she said she cannot comment. We also reached out to the D.A. to see where the case against the 15-year-old stands but have not yet heard back.

The school district will be holding its board meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the district multipurpose room on Lizzie Street. There, the board will have its second reading of its hate-motivated behavior policy. Specific changes to the policy include parents being able to report an incident.

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