FAIRFIELD — A new temporary restraining order was granted Wednesday that requires a 9-year-old boy to keep at least 2 yards away from another child who attends Rolling Hills Elementary who says the boy attacked and later stalked him.
Stephen Feudner, who says his son has been a target of the 9-year-old, thanked Solano County Superior Court Judge Garry Ichikawa for granting the new order.
Feudner, 53, said in court that the Fairfield-Suisun School District won’t provide the Sheriff’s Office with the name and address of the 9-year-old – information necessary to serve the court order.
“I’m being stonewalled,” Feudner said. “The school will not give me that information.”
Kris Corey, superintendent for the Fairfield-Suisun district, has said such information is confidential. She is out of the office this week and could not be reached Wednesday for comment.
Andrew Ownby, pupil services director for the school district, attended Wednesday’s court hearing. He said the school district could only release the address and name if legally authorized to do so.
“The school district takes bullying very seriously as well as student privacy rights,” Ownby said.
He said Rolling Hills is a California Distinguished School.
“Our schools are very safe,” Ownby said.
Feudner asked the judge to issue an order that the school district provide the Sheriff’s Office with the name and address of the 9-year-old. Ichikawa said Feudner should consult with an attorney about the matter and that a proper application has to be made to the court for such a request.
Feudner said the temporary restraining order first granted March 19 expired five days later because he lacked the information needed to serve the restraining order.
He said he’s been unable to find an attorney to take his case. Feudner is scheduled to return to court May 12 about the temporary restraining order against the 9-year-old.
Feudner, a single father who has sons ages 5 and 9 who attend Rolling Hills, said after the court hearing that no new incidents have occurred since March 4, when he said his older son was punched by the 9-year-old who is the subject of the restraining order. Feudner said school district officials asked to meet last week, but that he declined to do so.
School officials have failed to respond to problems at Rolling Hills Elementary, he said.
“I have no intention of meeting with the school district or talking with anybody without an attorney present,” he said.
Ownby said the Fairfield-Suisun district “is ready, willing and able to meet with family members” about concerns they may have. If people choose not to, that is their decision, Ownby said.
Feudner said Rolling Hills, with an enrollment of about 700, is a great school except for approximately 20 children who he said are disciplinary problems.
“They want to pretend that small percentage doesn’t exist,” Feudner said of school district officials.
Feudner wants the 9-year-old he said has bullied his son to be expelled.
“I do have compassion for that little boy,” he said. “He was born innocent.”
But the youth is the school bully and nothing is being done about it, Feudner said.
The Fairfield father said that when his sons reach middle school, he wants them to attend the Public Safety Academy in the Fairfield-Suisun district, or Vacaville Christian School. The safety academy provides career preparation for children interested in law enforcement, firefighting and other public safety-related work.
Feudner said he has shown his sons how to protect themselves. He advised them if confronted by a bully to take a step back, tell the bully to keep his hands off them and to defend themselves if the bully advances.
“You may be in trouble with the school,” Feudner told his sons about protecting themselves. “You won’t be in trouble at home.”
The 6-foot-tall Feudner spoke about working in law enforcement for 32 years, that such service led to three death threats by criminal gangs and that he carries a handgun. He recalled that as a junior high school student in Northern California, he dealt with three different bullies.
“I could give you their first and last names,” he said.
Feudner said he used to walk about a mile to avoid one of the bullies, but ended up facing the junior high youth one day.
“I popped him,” Feudner recalled. “After that, he left me alone.”
Feudner said another youth, who with a group used to rob Feudner of lunch money, re-emerged in 1988 as an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, where Feudner was working as a correctional officer.
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