Girl’s dad gets court order to stop 5-year-old bully

Bullying reached a boiling point over in Kenosha, Wisconsin, when a father got a restraining order against a kindergartner who allegedly was bullying his daughter, WISN reports.

“She came home and said a student threatened her by saying, ‘I want to slit your throat and watch you bleed,'” Brian Metzger said.

The story is a familiar one. A parent alleges a school didn’t do enough to stop bullying. A school district cites privacy issues to avoid answering “why not?”

The police report that details the accusations of bullying at Prairie Lane Elementary School says the kindergarten girl was kicked in the face, and had sand and rocks thrown at her.

“There’s always two sides to every story,” Kenosha Unified School District spokeswoman Tanya Ruder said.

Which leads to the obvious question: What’s the “other side” of getting kicked in the face?

“There’s not a set threshold of what causes or what would determine when a child is moved out of a classroom,” Ruder said.

Which leads to the obvious question: Do you think might need one?

An anti-bullying bill passed the Minnesota Legislature and was signed by the governor last month. Opponents said bullying should be left to the individual school districts to handle.

  • John Peschken

    The “other side of getting kicked in the face” might be the girl tossing rocks at the boy, verbal abuse, or who knows what. We don’t have the facts, just one father’s story. We all know how a parent can advocate for their saintly child who certainly didn’t do anything out of line and always tells the truth. Girls can be bully’s too.

    • http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/ Bob Collins

      For the sake of argument, let’s assume that your scenario is correct. Wouldn’t there be some sort of action against either one of the kids if not both?

      • John Peschken

        Not every parent would run for a court order in this circumstance. I think most would try to handle it between the families. The boy’s parents may be taking that approach. We don’t know.

        • http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/ Bob Collins

          I would think at the very least, a school moves the kids to different classes. They did that in this case. AFTER the dad got the restraining order.

          and, of course, as the spokesperson said, there’s no threshold for determining at what point a student is removed from a classroom.

        • Starquest

          what do you mean by handling it “between the families?”

      • poguemahoney

        I love how you treat an allegation as a brute fact, but I suppose that is what journalism has become. I allege that isn’t sound journalism. Also, the snarky comment regarding the schools districts response might be more informative if you addressed whether there is a legal reason supporting that statement, or not. Also, the mention of the Police report might be more informative if you mentioned whether it included corroboration, or not.

      • Starquest

        There would not necessarily be any action taken unless someone complained.

        The parent(s) of the bully wouldn’t be likely to raise a stink in any case. Do you see what I mean?

    • Joe

      Maybe she emasculated him by leaning in

  • lkw

    John – with no other information you jump straight to assuming the girl threw rocks first. Clearly if a child can say something as gruesome as was alleged, the proper authorities must be informed. The court would not grant a restraining order on just one father’s word. You also assume that the girl’s family did not discuss the problem with the school. Sounds like that boy is headed for deep trouble, but it will always be someone else’s fault. And just like Road Ragers, best to avoid them and call the cops.

  • Meg raz

    An Order of Protection/ Restraining Order, in any situation is not just handed out but must be justified by facts. Facts that we don’t have obviously, & without them I don’t think anyone is qualified to make a comment on the incident. This article is just another media attempt to get reaction with tantilizing headlines but without substantive info.