A restraining order has been filed against a 9-year-old boy by a California father whose son was bullied.
Stephan Feuder said the boy assaulted his son by punching him in the face at his elementary school in Fairfield, Calif on March 13, ABC News reported.
The scuffle began when Feuder's son stepped in to protect a fellow student from the bully. The 9-year-old then pushed his son, who retaliated with another push. The school bully proceeded to punch him in the face.
Feuder learned about the incident when his son called him from the school restroom.
Schools officials noted that an isolated incident does not constitute bullying.
"Bullying is a serious issue and we understand that," school district Superintendent Kris Corey told ABC News. "In order for it to be bullying it has to be repeated over time. This particular situation -- there have been some incidents that my administrator has addressed."
Feuder said he sought a restraining order, because the school district wasn't willing to step in.
He obtained a temporary restraining order from a judge at Solano County Family Court. It is specified that the bully must remain 2 yards away from Feuder's son at all times and have no contact with him.
"Basically, it's never happened before against a 9-year-old child," Angela Feuder, the boy's mother, told ABC News. "But there is actually nothing saying that it can't be done."
Law enforcement officials said this case might be the first of its kind.
In order for the restraining order to go into effect, officials need the bully's first and last name, as well as his full address. The school district is unwilling to release this information due to confidentiality laws.
"We are a public school and are governed by a lot of laws and regulations," Corey said. "We just can't expel somebody and kick them out of school; there are certain laws we have to follow."
Feuder has a court date in April 2 to try to convince school officials to release the bully's information.
The family said reactions to the restraining order have been mixed.
"To the parents that are the naysayers that say, ‘we can't believe you are doing this,' I understand your point of view, but what happens if it was your little boy or little girl who was the victim? Would your opinion still be the same?" Feuder said.