Bullying is a big problem in many of our schools. Last year, it seemed as though we couldn’t go a few months without hearing of another child tragically comitting suicide because they were bullied. While many parents feel helpless to protect their children from being tormented, one Southern California man is taking a new approaching: getting a restraining order.

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After his fourth-grade son was allegedly threatened with a knife by a classmate, Robert Casteel took it up with the court and filed a restraining order against the accused bully. Casteel said after his son told him about the incident, he was rightfully shaken up.

“My son was terrified,” Casteel told ABC News. “I kept him home for five days until I got the restraining order.”

The school confiscated a knife from the 10-year-old boy, but police are still investigating the incident because of conflicting accounts.

“One side said the boy threatened Christopher, the other side said he didn’t, and there are witnesses on both sides,” said the Jurupa Valley sheriff.

Casteel’s son was awarded a temporary restraining order against his classmate, who has to stay 20 feet away from him at all times.

Although it seems like common sense to use legal actions to keep bullies away from their targets, Casteel’s decision is quite rare.

Casteel told reporters he’s just trying to keep his son safe, and pointed out that just five days after he filed for a restraining order, a 10-year-old boy in San Diego was accused of stabbing his 12-year-old peer.

Should more parents use the law to protect their children? 

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  • EssDot323

    For those saying restraining orders aren’t enough, please consider this:

    I think the restraining orders do a great job of holding the school and the bully’s parent(s) or guardian(s) accountable for the neglect of the victim. If anything happens to that child, heads will roll and criminal and civil lawsuits will be in order. They’d be foolish to not comply.

    Regarding cyber bullying, I’d forward all e-bullying evidence to the local and federal authorities.

    When more parents follow in this father’s lead, anti-bullying legislation could be amended or more could be created.

    • JaeBee


      If the bullied child had been an adult and had been receiving the same sort of treatment, they could get a restraining order and sue for harassment. I don’t know why more adults don’t employ such legal mechanisms to protect their children–especially when it rises to the level of potential physical danger.

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    Yes, yes and YES!!

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