Father files restraining order against alleged bully, 9

Stephen Feuder, father of a 9-year-old boy in Fairfield, Calif., says he filed a restraining order against his son's alleged bully, who is also 9.
CBS Sacramento

FAIRFIELD, Calif. - The father of a 9-year-old elementary school boy has filed a restraining order against his son's alleged bully, another 9-year-old boy, reports CBS Sacramento.

Stephen Feuder was fed up with the treatment his son was receiving, the concerned father told the station. His son told him that he had been bullied - pushed around and attacked - at Rolling Hills Elementary School in Fairfield, Calif., by a 9-year-old schoolmate. It is unclear whether or not Feuder knows the identity of the accused bully, but that did not prevent him from filing the restraining order.

"Apparently the little boy ran around the track, came back and punched my son in the face," Feuder told CBS Sacramento. Feuder said he contacted the Fairfield-Suisun School District but that they failed to do anything about the incident, so he felt he had to take matters into his own hands.

"I've tried everything else, so why not that? And [the restraining order] was granted," Feuder said.

"Commonly for us, [a restraining order] is a domestic violence situation," said Daryl Snedeker, with the Solano County Sheriff's Department. "Obviously this is a little different."

Snedeker told the station that he's never heard of a restraining order being taken out against a grade-school student, but also said that there's no rule against it. "I guess as a parent, you have to do what you have to do," he said.

"What does that say? Every time you have a problem with somebody, you're just going to file a restraining order against somebody? This is the real world," said Lacie Stover, parent of a kindergartner at the school.

To Feuder, it was a necessary step to protect his son. "It was my last resort, and I'm glad I did it. Not only for my son, but for the rest of the children," he said.

It is possible that all the controversy will end up being null and void. According to CBS Sacramento, the restraining order must be served within five days, but the school district will not give Feuder the full name or address of the accused bully.

The frustrated father is hoping that a judge will compel the school to release the information.