Restraining order isn’t answer to bullying, Corey says

By From page A3 | April 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District spoke Thursday about being bullied as a seventh-grader, said misinformed people from around the country have emailed the district and that a court order is not the answer the extremely serious issue of bullying.

“The key to stopping bullying is not a restraining order,” Kris Corey said. “It is education.”

Her remarks during the superintendent’s report at the school board meeting came after national media attention to the Fairfield-based district. The father of a Rolling Hills Elementary student obtained a temporary restraining order against a 9-year-old that requires the youth stay at least 2 yards away from the man’s son at Rolling Hills.

Corey said her family moved to a small farming community when she was in the seventh grade and as the new, dorky kid with long, stringy hair she heard students on a school bus chant “AKO” – which she learned stood for the “Anti-Kris Organization.”

She begged her parents not to have to attend school, but Corey said, “My story has a happy ending.”

“This isn’t always the typical outcome,” the superintendent said.

Adult intervention ended the aggressive behavior and in high school she become great friends with her former tormentors – and she is still in touch with them today, Corey said.

She read one email – written in response to national media coverage about the father of the Rolling Hills student getting a restraining order – that read, “You’ve got a bunch of thugs and gangsters for a school board.”

That was very sad, said the superintendent, who added that such people “have only one side of the story.”

Some people demanded that the district expel any student who bullies, she said, but that isn’t how public education works.

“We do not exclude children,” Corey said. “We include children.”

The Fairfield-Suisun district also addresses bullying, but sometimes people choose not to work with the school and take matters into their own hands, she said.

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, the superintendent said.

David Isom, president of the school board, said after Corey’s remarks that he looks to the day when fair and balanced reporting replaces the need to sell newspapers.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 11, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Why aren't the parents of the bully subject to the terms of the restraining order? Surely those legal mechanisms can have provisions and stipulations that the court can order included. If the child violates the order, then both parent and monster child are summoned to court and are dealt with severely to include incarceration and fines.

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  • CD BrooksApril 11, 2014 - 8:04 am

    So after the alleged incidents are exposed, the parent of the victim comes forward and you deny them due process, what are they supposed to do? Schools talk a big game when it comes to bullying but isn’t it really just a Public Schools policy to table such complaints to avoid liability? I speak with my son all the time about my grandson and how would we handle his being bullied because you know it’s the kid defending his or her self that gets in trouble right? That is BS and I guarantee you it will only happen once in our family. I’ve spoken before about my sons bully issues when he was in school and how we successfully handled that. This is a new level of bullying now, enough all ready! Look around folks, another school incident (stabbing in PA) on a much larger scale. This story we're speaking to right here at RHE is just one school one example, this is where it starts. It MUST end at this level!

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  • sApril 11, 2014 - 8:17 am

    You're right CD. Back in the day, fights were just that, fights, two dudes or dudettes>>LOL>>with fists. Now some DumbArse has to pull out a machette or an uzi :-).

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  • CD BrooksApril 11, 2014 - 8:05 am

    S K I LOVE that, great job buddy!! :)

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  • CD BrooksApril 11, 2014 - 8:09 am

    Our children should not be punished because they are doing what is right and what they were taught.To be good citizens and students. So while they're going along, minding their business and being good, they get abused? That is absolutely wrong and you all know it! The bad guy is winning now at every level. Time to end this.

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  • S KApril 11, 2014 - 8:20 am

    LOL>>By the way, I'm not too big a m_ROOOOOOOOOOOOON, I know it is spelled PRINCIPAL, just sounds the same and I type too quickly :-)

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  • RalphApril 11, 2014 - 11:25 am


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  • Skeptic ScroogeApril 11, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    Omg sounds like she was hazed by a pack of rednecks!! Still dwelling on the past to avoid dealing with reality...

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