FAIRFIELD — A father who says his son, 9, was bullied by another 9-year-old at Rolling Hills Elementary School was granted a temporary restraining order against the child, who must stay at least 2 yards away from the man’s son.
The order was granted Wednesday by Solano County Superior Court and is in place until an April 2 hearing about Stephen Feudner’s request for protection for his son, who is in the fourth grade.
Feudner, 53, wrote in the request filed at the courthouse that the 9-year-old child bullied and battered Feudner’s son on March 4 and later stalked him twice. Feudner in the court filing asked that the youth be expelled from school.
Kris Corey, superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District, said she recognizes a father wants to be sure his child is safe.
“I understand when you’re a parent,” Corey said. “I’m a parent.”
The superintendent, who said she could not comment about the specifics involving Feudner’s assertions, spoke generally about the school with an enrollment of 732 and said the site is safe.
“I don’t hear, nor does the school board hear, a number of concerns and complaints about Rolling Hills,” Corey said.
She said of school district officials that, “We try to be problem-solvers.”
“We want to keep our kids safe,” Corey said.
A lot of staff members work to assure such safety, she said.
The superintendent noted the response at Crystal Middle School in Suisun City, where the director of NorthBay Healthcare’s Trauma Unit, a paramedic and police officer spoke Tuesday after separate incidents involving students and what it is called the “choking game.”
Feudner, who has spoken about his nearly 30 years as a corrections officer for state prisons, along with earlier law enforcement work as a police officer in El Cerrito, said people in police work have remarked about the rarity of a temporary protection order involving a 9-year-old.
“They never heard of such a thing,” Feudner said.
But the youth is jeopardizing the safety of his peers, Feudner said.
“The big picture is the safety of children,” he said.
Asked about people who may think it extreme to seek a court protective order involving a 9-year-old, Feudner said, “They might change their mind if their child was the victim.”
Feudner said the court told him told the Sheriff’s Office would serve the temporary restraining order, but Feudner said the law enforcement agency informed him the order can’t be served without the address and full name of the 9-year-old.
Rolling Hills Elementary won’t provide that, Feudner said, and the court order will be void in five days unless an address and name are provided.
“The school will not give me any information whatsoever about him,” Feudner said of the child whose last name is listed as “Doe” in the court order.
Corey said the district cannot disclose confidential information about students.
Feudner appeared last week with his sons, ages 9 and 5, at the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees meeting and spoke during public comment. The 9 year-old said he was bullied and battered at school and the 5-year-old said he was punched.
Trustees do not comment on matters raised during public comment.
Feudner said he also plans legal action about the Oct. 14 incident involving his 5-year-old.
Feudner protested in November at Rollings Hill Elementary about what he said are traffic-related dangers to children. He had a sign that read “Please ask me if I think my children are safe at Rolling Hills School.”
He said his First Amendment rights were violated when the school principal told him to remove the sign before going on school property. Feudner had worked on traffic safety for the school but said he was terminated in October after the principal told him a parent complained about Feudner contacting the parent for illegal parking.
Superintendent Corey had said in November that traffic at Rolling Hills does not endanger children and that Feudner’s constitutional rights were not violated.
“He does have a First Amendment right as long as he’s not on our property,” Corey said.
“It’s unfortunate he feels this is the best way to handle the situation,” the superintendent said in November of Feudner’s actions. “This is a situation where there were just some misunderstandings.”
Feudner may have been overzealous in dealing with drivers around the school, Corey said at the time.
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