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.
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?