FAIRFIELD — Stephen Feudner, the father who has a restraining order against a 9-year-old child for alleged bullying, says the Fairfield-Suisun School District has retaliated by serving a stay-away order to keep Feudner off Rolling Hills Elementary School grounds.
“They sure are real quick,” Feudner said Friday, “to send the police to my house.”
A school district administrator and an officer went to his home Monday with the order on Fairfield-Suisun School District letterhead, Feudner said. The stay-away order says Feudner disrupted normal school operations last week and that he is subject to arrest if he steps on Rolling Hills Elementary grounds, said Feudner, who has dropped off his two sons at the sidewalk in front of the school since receiving the order that remains in place until Tuesday.
Kris Corey, superintendent for the school district, said in an email Friday that, “Out of respect for Mr. Feudner, I am unwilling to comment on his behavior.”
Feudner gained national media attention in March after getting a temporary restraining order requiring a 9-year-old to stay at least 2 yards from one of Feudner’s son at Rolling Hills Elementary.
The 53-year-old father contends the principal at Rolling Hills Elementary singled him out last week among a half-dozen other parents for still being at the school after the first bell.
Feudner said he was concerned that about 180 children at Rolling Hills were on a lower playground last week without adult supervision and he remained at Rolling Hills for five minutes until a school supervisor arrived. Feudner said school Principal Robin Stewart told him that parents who haven’t signed in at the office can’t remain at the school after the first bell.
He told Stewart he hoped she wasn’t singling him out from other parents because of the past restraining order granted by Solano County Superior Court, Feudner said.
Feudner said the restraining order matter returns to court May 12 after problems serving the order because he’s unable to obtain the name and address of the 9-year-old. Feudner said he expects the Solano County Sheriff’s Office to be at Rolling Hills Elementary on Tuesday to serve the school with the restraining order.
Superintendent Corey said at the April 8 meeting of district trustees that education, not a court order, is the answer to bullying.
She spoke about being bullied as a seventh-grader, that the school district takes the issue very seriously and how misinformed people from around the country emailed complaints to the school district after one-sided news accounts about the restraining order Feudner obtained.
Corey said sometimes people choose not to work with the school and take matters into their own hands.
Children recommended for expulsion are provided with rights that include confidentiality, Corey said. The school board meets in closed session about such matters and doesn’t disclose names, she said.
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