Father, to protect young son, gains temporary order against 9-year-old

By From page A1 | March 21, 2014

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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  • boomMarch 21, 2014 - 12:22 am

    If anyone is wondering why the court system is backed up, read above. Not to mention the Sheriff's office who has to go try to serve this kruddy paperwork.

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  • No lifeMarch 21, 2014 - 1:00 am

    I agree feudner needs to get a life

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  • Home School CandidateMarch 21, 2014 - 5:22 am

    Really?A restraining order. This ex-prison officer must be hurt because he was asked not to return as a parking lot attendent. Try some parenting skills before you have the courts fight your battles.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 21, 2014 - 6:35 am

    Every school is a threat to everybody in the area during pick-up and drop off. All roads into and out of the area are "war zones" with way too many tunnel-vision lunatics behind the wheel. If you don't see that, you're part of the problem. Bullying is dangerous and if not stopped at this level, will get worse as kids get older and bigger. You have to deal with this issue and hope your child isn't the bully or a victim. If you know about this and say nothing, you could be responsible for that child or one of the victim's bringing a weapon to school one day. THAT is real folks you know it is. You’ve seen the results, this is how it begins, please understand that. Don’t just sit there and chastise a father concerned for his kids’ safety. Don't risk your kid’s and others future by ignoring it.

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  • ANGRYmomMarch 21, 2014 - 12:13 pm

    This mans son IS A BULLY!!!!! On St. Patricks day, he was in the cafeteria in the morning, pinching all the kids that werent wearing green.. INCLUDING myself, AND my son who is in 3rd grade. I told him to stop doing that, and keep your hands to yourself, he looked me up and down and told me to take it up with his dad!!! As for the traffic thing after school, He has almost hit a teacher, and some of the crossing guards when they were in the street to stop traffic for the kids to cross. he has NO RIGHT to say anything about anybody during after school traffic. he is a hot head who just wants some attention.. How about he just takes his kids OUT of Rolling Hills if he thinks it is such a horrible threatening school

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  • Teach5thMarch 21, 2014 - 6:48 am

    Boom, No life, H.S.C. - Unless you have school-age children who are being bullied, you have no idea what goes on at schools. Short of removing his child from Rolling Hills altogether, what else might he have done? Well, maybe a face-to-face with the other parent (who might be the reason his son is a bully)? So, what else is there? Are you parents? Is/are your child/children safe at their school (in the classroom, at recess, in the lunchroom, in the bathroom? Believe it or not, from the superintendent to the office staff at Rolling Hills, everyone's hands are tied by bureaucracy. Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to mock this concerned father, unless you can answer the question - what would you do?

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  • CD BrooksMarch 21, 2014 - 7:08 am

    Teach5th, are we actually on the same page here? If only for a brief moment? I'll take it! :)

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  • boomMarch 21, 2014 - 8:35 am

    @Teach5th-If you really think a TRO is the best way to handle a child ALLEGEDLY being bullied at school, then you are part of the problem too. And, just for the heck of it, how is your son being bullied and doesn't know the kid who is bullying him's name? Are you serious? Third, it might be time to put on the big boy pants and tell him how to stop a bully in the real world, punch him square in the nose!

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  • Teach5thMarch 21, 2014 - 6:50 pm

    CD - it's exciting! Maybe there's still hope for you:)

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  • BMarch 21, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Having your son put his fist through the kid's nose would be more effective, but ok.

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  • DLMarch 21, 2014 - 9:39 am

    This guy is nuts! Its another Rich G. in the making! MY son is in Kindergarten with his 5 year old and my son told his mom and I that his kid hits everyone!

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  • BMarch 21, 2014 - 10:29 am

    And if he hits your son you should put a stop to it. Not sure if you've ever had first hand experience with bullying but authorities dont do a thing about it.

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  • TracyMarch 21, 2014 - 11:46 am

    I have a son who goes to Rolling HIlls. I feel the school is a VERY safe place for our children. Feudners 9 year old son as been put on "BULLY status for the 4 years I have been there. he harrasses the kids, yard duties, and staff. If anybody was to look into Fuedners sons school file, they would see he is NO angel. Yes children are going to play around and hurt eachother, and I feel it is dealt with VERY well at Rolling Hills. Feudners 9 year old son, is known to antaganize situations and then cry wolf when somebody calls him out on it. But if you met his father, you would know where he gets it from. Rolling hills as had MANY complaints about Mr. Feudner who will just hang around out side the school and yell and cuss at parents, and the students when they are at reccess playing up on the upper grass portion. he stands by the fence and yells at the kids, there has been a couple complaints about him this year. He was also terminated by our school recently. he was hired to do our walking school bus. But after about 2 weeks, alot of kids and parents started complaining about how he spoke to the kids and treated them. So its pretty funny to me how he was fine UNTIL he got fired. I feel the REAL bully here is Mr. Feudner. I feel if you dont feel your kids are safe at their school, well then put them in a different school. Lets just make this easy on EVERYBODY!!!! I feel sorry for the child and his family that Fuedner put a restraining order on because he WILL go after them and follow and stalk them until he finds where they live... Such a sad thing to hear about Rolling Hills school, they should NEVER be thrown under the bus like this..

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 21, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    After reading these posts and news articles over the last several months, I believe Mr. Feudner is the one who is in line for a TRO. The picture I am getting is one of a somewhat unstable person, with anger issues. Keep an eye on this dude!

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  • ANGRYmomMarch 21, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    Mr. Smith.. You are exactly right... He is a ticking time bomb.. I'm really afraid for the child and his family that Mr. Feudner is going after.. He WILL serve his OWN justice if the courts don't do anything about it.. He is a very creepy, unstable man, Who should NOT be able to be around Rolling Hills.

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  • RH MOMMarch 21, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    I am a Rolling Hills parent who has been concerned about Mr. Feudner's actions all year. His actions remind me.of "Munchhausen Syndrome" except he is not physically harming his children. He is using them, however, and the other student population, to constantly bring attention to himself under the guise of "protecting the children". I hope CPS gets involved as he is an unstable hot head in need of lots of attention! He has proved to be a bully himself and his kids are probably mirroring his behavior. The other kid is probably just defending himself if any of this is even true. And why on earth wouldn't you have your child point out the student after school and go follow him and talk to the parent who picks him up? A restraining order? Really!? And if he truly believed his kids were not safe, why would he continue to send them to the same school? Rolling Hills is THE best elementary school in the district. Shame on you, Mr. Fuedner, for giving our school a bad name/reputation in the media and community. Really sucks that we all have to deal with this man for who knows how many more years!? I hear home schooling is pretty great, Mr. Fuedner!

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  • just some guyMarch 21, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    This is really sad that all the attention is on Mr feudner and not on the the problem, bullying. regardless of personal opinions about him, why isn't anyone concerned about the kids, his or any others that are being bullied. all schools have a zero tolerance for bullying but nothing is ever done, that's the real problem. what will it take for staff and parents to do something for ALL kids? put your personal egos aside and let's take care of our future, our kids. its sad to me parents attack his character and slam him online, all that is doing is bringing the attention to you and your opinion, drawing focus away from the real problem of bullying, reguardless of how we feal about him we should be focusing on the issue at hand. I support his cause, all the way.

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 21, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    JSG: Um...maybe you missed it, but Mr. Feudner is the one whose actions command the attention of those parents, school staff and officials who really should not have to give him so much time and attention. Are you by any chance a friend of Mr. Feudner? Just askin'.

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  • just some guyMarch 21, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    Mr smith, I am not a friend, but I do know of him and have seen him before when my kid attended rolling hills. I support him for bringing attention to the only issue people should be worried about, bullying. that is the main issue the rest is reaction from that. It's hard to say if you would act 100% correctly if it was your kid.whether its directed towards his kids, his kids being a bully, or anyones, there should be consequences. I know of quite a few parents who ALSO have removed there kids from rolling hills like I have because of this same issue , bullying. nothing was done when brought up , it just got pushed aside and nothing done,. there are better schools than rolling hills,,,end bullying,,,,,support a better future for our kids,,,,,end bullying,,,,,,

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  • CD BrooksMarch 22, 2014 - 8:16 am

    This is a typical hot button issue where the message gets lost and ultimately goes away until it eventually returns in a much more deadly fashion I E Columbine. Your opinion of Mr. Feudner should not prevent you from investigating the issue and speaking to your children family and friends that may have information regarding the matter first hand. Continue the dialogue because most often, kids will not tell you they’re being bullied. It is never too late to make sure you’re doing All you can to support your child’s health and safety. Do you believe it’s possible that the people that are assigned the duty of preventing certain behaviors are incompetent, uneducated or just not paying attention? I’ve heard some interesting stories about their inability to calm lunchroom activities. Kids will be kids adults have to do their job and remain vigilant. On a side note, my wife and I were driving through Concord yesterday when we began seeing signs that read: “Drive like your kids live here.” We’re going to get some of those and circulate them around our city and certainly in my neighborhood. My wish is they wouldn’t be necessary but much like the bullying issue it is griped about but woefully ignored.

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  • RalphMarch 21, 2014 - 9:54 pm

    A good friend of mine got a Restraining order put on him against a company and co-workers family. I was talking to him, and he was never warned or told to stay away. I believe he's being taunted in to cracking jokes at them. And he is very upset.....

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  • Kene WinstonMarch 21, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    Don't mess up a good thing.

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  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/restraining-order-9-year-old_n_5009027.htmlMarch 22, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Our local bully story has gone national...

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