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VERO BEACH, Fla. - The guardian of one of the Vero Beach teens arrested for bringing a gun to school is speaking out. She's defending her nephew, saying he is being bullied and brought the gun on campus out of fear.

She says what people don't know is that a gang is terrorizing and bullying these kids.

She does not condone what he did, by bringing a gun to school, but she wants school officials and law enforcement to investigate this gang before another child feels he has to defend himself.

"What he did, was a dumb decision he made. That was a really bad decision and I didn't know it was going on in the school. He didn't tell me that. I guess he got so fed up,"said the aunt.

She's the guardian of the 15-year-old boy, arrested for having a gun in his locker at the Freshman Learning Center Monday.

She's telling her nephew's story.

The aunt, who the boy lives with, said her nephew is being bullied by a group of boys at school.

"Everywhere they go, they beat him up, well mine. They beat him up, beat him up, beat him up," she said.

She said that same gang also lives in the neighborhood. She said they jumped him right before the school year started.

"Even up to the store where they beat him up and he fell and they were kicking and stomping," said the aunt.

Her nephew is friends with the other student who was arrested yesterday, for also bringing a gun on campus.

Deputies learned that teen pointed a gun at a school bus on September 11.

The two play sports together.

She said they are constantly being threatened.

"Those two be walking over to go to practice after school and my understanding is that they were spitting out the bus on them," she said.

The aunt said the group is targeting a number of kids.

She hopes the district and law enforcement will look into the bullying incidents before another student decides to take action.

"Just a gang, they pick on who they want, they bully who they want and it came up to this incident. I'm grateful nothing happened and grateful it was exposed before anything went any further. I'm sorry that it lead up to this, so sorry and glad no one got hurt," she said.

An email was sent to the principal Wednesday evening to see if other parents have complained of bullying.

The two juveniles remain at the detention center and have another hearing before a judge Thursday.

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