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No permanent restraining order for Jurupa Valley 4th grader

February 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A resolution has been reached in the case of a Jurupa Valley fourth grader and his father who got a restraining order against a classmate they say threatened the boy with a knife.

Through mediation Wednesday morning in a Riverside County courthouse, they avoided a permanent restraining order and agreed to have the alleged bully go to a different school for three years.

The alleged incident happened in January when the boy's father, Robert Casteel, said his son, Christopher, told him a boy at school pulled a knife on him and threatened to kill him.

"He said, 'I'm going to get you after school," Christopher said, adding that the boy flashed the knife underneath his desk in their class at Mission Bell Elementary School in Jurupa Valley.

Casteel said he took out the temporary restraining order after learning that the boy was given only a five-day suspension.

Deputies, who Casteel called to investigate the matter, found a 2 1/2-inch pocket knife on the boy while he was at school.

"When I called the school looking for answers and some kind of resolution or help, I didn't get that from them," Casteel said. "If the schools aren't going to do their job, I should be able to count on the court system to help me out with that situation."

Jurupa schools Supt. Elliott Duchon said, "The issue was handled appropriately at the school. But people do have a right to go to court if they feel an issue needs to be resolved."

The alleged bully's mother, who did not want to be identified, said she was happy with the resolution.

As for Casteel's son, he had a chance to sit down with the other boy during mediation and have a few words.

"He said, 'God bless you,' and I said, 'Thank you. I forgive you,' and then it was over," Christopher said.

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