Parents say child with autism attacked at Hope High

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Parents of a special needs student say they’re pressing charges against a student who allegedly bullied and attacked their child at Hope High School.

A 9th grader of Hope High who lives with autism. suffers from a swollen face and injuries to his nose and head after his parents say he was attacked by a 10th grader.

His mother and father Natasha and Michael Bowers say the fight stems from an argument over markers.

“They hit him and kicked him in his face and in his head” says Natasha.

They say their son, walked away but still attacked.

“It took two other students to get the boy off of my son” says Natasha.

Natasha says this is not the first time her son has been a victim of bullying or the first time she’s brought it to the staffs attention.

This time in her eyes, it went too far. “I fear for my son everyday!” says Natasha.

Michael says his son did not get suspended from school and as the tear fall.

He says he is thankful his child handled it the right way.

“I’m proud of him cause he didn’t fight back, and he did what a Christian is supposed to do. He turned the other cheek and that’s what we bring our son up to be” says Bowers.

“A child with or without special needs does not deserve to be bullied no matter what” says Natasha.

This family is determined to bring justice for their son.

We reached out to the school district and they said they do not have a comment on the matter.

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