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Dad gets restraining order against fourth-grade son's classmate

Photo: Robert Casteel and his 10-year-old son, Christopher. Credit: The Press-Enterprise and Sandra Stokley

A Riverside County man says he has secured a restraining order against a fourth-grade boy who threatened his son with a knife. 

Robert Casteel told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that earlier this month a student at Mission Bell Elementary School pulled a knife on his 10-year-old son, Christopher, and told him that he would "get you after school."

He said he pursued a restraining order to protect his son because the school has been lenient with the alleged aggressor.

"We've already got too many things happening in schools. Kids are getting shot and stabbed," Casteel told the newspaper. "This isn't something to take lightly."

School officials say this is the first time a child has been ordered by a court to stay away from a classmate.

Officials say the incident is being investigated by the Jurupa Unified School District and the Jurupa Valley Police Department. Jurupa schools Supt. Elliott Duchon told the Press-Enterprise that "we're concerned any time a student brings a weapon to school, and take it seriously."

Police said a 2 1/2-inch pocket knife was recovered in the investigation, but that the student subject to the restraining order denied making any threats.


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Photo: Robert Casteel and his 10-year-old son, Christopher. Credit: The Press-Enterprise and Sandra Stokley

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