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Restraining-order dad says school district retaliates with stay-away order

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From page A4 | April 19, 2014 |

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.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • old schoolApril 19, 2014 - 1:02 am

    Instead of getting a restraining order and raising his kid to be a coward why dosent the dad teach his kid how to stand up for himself. The dad sounds like he was bullied and now has some kind of agenda.

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  • ParentApril 19, 2014 - 1:31 am

    I've dealt with Mrs. Corey when one of her teachers bruised my son while grabbing him to hurry in class. She is a difficult person to talk to. She is rude and does not listen to parents concerns. She was uncooperate and told me to leave her office or she would call security to escort me out. I was being calm but determined to get answers about what my rights were as a parent. She gave me no answers so I had to contact the state board of ed. She needs sensitivity training!

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  • mescApril 19, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    It is very immature to call a child a coward because the father does what he thinks best to protect his son. You are attempting to bully the parent and child. Shame on you.

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  • CD BrooksApril 19, 2014 - 7:09 am

    The school had several opportunities to respond to Mr. Feudner's issue but chose to ignore him. Now they want to talk? If you read the blogs from around the country on this matter, you will find the majority of schools taking the same position. Look the other way. Imagine his son reacting to the bully now. Who do you think would get tossed? Exactly! Just like the NFL, the guy that responds gets penalized. I wish our kids could deal with bully's like we used to, the problem would go away But we are teaching our kids to do well in school and be responsible, they should not have to fight or fear fighting to get an education.

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  • GemmaApril 19, 2014 - 7:46 am

    He is not helping his child by being an extreme Helicopter Parent. Maybe he's the reason his son is being "bullied" to begin with.Clearly he has too much time on his hands-going to court for bullying,hanging around the school after the last bell-Why doesn't he home school his kids? Problem solved. He can monitor their every move, and no one can "bully" them. They can grow up to be as off the wall as he is.

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  • MariaApril 19, 2014 - 8:20 am

    The bullies should be the one staying home to be tamed like wild animals, if they don't know how to behave like human beings outside their homes,then they should just stay home and be home-schooled along with discipline and wake up training to be civil

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  • boomApril 19, 2014 - 8:27 am

    Best move by FSUSD this whole decade. Hope they were smart enough to serve a few other overbearing parents with the stay away notices so everything looks kosher when he trues to sue, and you know he will.

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  • mescApril 19, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    Gemma wrote: Maybe he's the reason his son is being "bullied" to begin with""" Wow. So as long as you don't like the father or his actions, YOU think it is OK to bully the child. THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO BULLY ANYONE. Shame on you.

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  • Snuggle bunnyApril 19, 2014 - 8:37 am

    Am with old school!!!, teach them to defend themselves!!! And only to finish the fight not start it or go looking for it, most of the time the bully loses the fight and that's the end of it, and sometimes they become good friends. I've had a few of those in my time. My mom was against fighting (dad of course was not lol) so myself and 3 other siblings were taught to defend ourselves, no bulling in our family and I have raised 2 sons, and have 5 grand kids from them. It's all about family values and respect for others.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Mr. Feudner has a solid case with merits. I hope he prevails. No child should be subject to that treatment and the rules and laws are the rules and laws! Why can't they be upheld. This sounds like another case of biased policing where the thug cops won't enforce restraining orders and they pick and choose what laws they will enforce despite the evidence and probable cause.

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  • BobApril 19, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    I was bullied in school and didn't like it I won't let anyone bully me now and that is what the school is trying to do to bury this case If the kid Is taught self defense and uses it it will only make it worse Go after the parents, remind them what it's like to be bullied Did it ever occur to anyone that that why we have so many gangs ? It's because kids join because it makes them feel safe from bullies Fix it now or jail someone later

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