Poway Dad Says Son Received Death Threat

Jarred Christian told a local TV station that his son received a death threat from a student at Twin Peaks Middle School.

A Poway dad told 10News his son has been bullied at Twin Peaks Middle School and he isn't happy with the with the school district's response, but an official said the situation has been investigated and addressed appropriately.

Jarred Christian said his 13-year-old son has been hit, kicked and targeted with death threats but "nobody's helping" kids who are being bullied, according to 10News' report Tuesday.

Mel Robertson, the associate superintendent for the Poway Unified School District's Learning Support Services, told Patch on Wednesday that school officials conducted a "deep investigation" and have addressed the concerns "appropriately and diligently."

"Bullying cannot be tolerated and will not be tolerated at any of our schools," Robertson said. "That really is very important."

Robertson declined to comment about specific details of the situation, including what did or did not happen. She did say that the school conducted an investigation last week, addressed the concerns and both students are back in school now.

Christian, in the 10News report, said the offending student had been suspended and his son had stayed home from school for a day, scared.

Patch has reached out to Christian and will update if he responds.

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Libi Uremovic February 07, 2013 at 01:44 PM
they need to arrest the parents and put the freak kids in child protection services because the basis of the problem is no repercussions to the parents that are raising their kids to be freaks... i don't want to see the abused kid's parents on the news...i want to see the parents of these freak kids that attack others on the news....and in the courtrooms... arrest the parents and put their freak kids in foster care....and we will see a drastic decline in bullying in our schools...
Libi Uremovic February 07, 2013 at 02:03 PM
my kid came home one day to tell me a boy was harassing her on the bus....the next day i walked onto the bus and told the boy that if he is too much of an animal that he can't control himself i will have him locked in a cage.... if his parents are such animals that they can't properly raise a child then i will have him removed from the home and his parents can hire a lawyer and fight to get their child back... and then i asked the kid: 'how much money do your parents have? do you think they are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars to try to get you back - or will they just give up and leave you there....?' i asked my kid if the boy ever harassed her again and she said: 'are you kidding, he's still too afraid to even look at me'...
Lani Kian February 07, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Wow. So it sounds like you handled bullying by bullying the other kid. I can appreciate your feeling protective over your child and addressing her harasser -- but I can't help but think that your hurtful words have only negatively impacted him. Perhaps he has stopped bullying your daughter, but your nasty remarks to him probably just fuel a fire for him to take his anger/hurt out on another child. Hope you'll take some time to think about that and not fly off the handle at my comment.
Poway Dad February 08, 2013 at 03:06 AM
I think just suspending the offending student is inadequate. If there is video of a student physical attacking the victim then the offending student should be permanently removed from the school and placed into an alternative institution. The anti-bullying programs the schools have are useless if they can't back them up with strong action when a real act of bullying takes place.
Vanessa G February 10, 2013 at 03:17 PM
The sad thing is this happens everyday at twin peaks and the school does nothing. Both my kids have been bullied, my daughter had her life threatened and they blamed it on her. This school needs to get their act in gear and I'm glad it finally became public. From what I have heard the kid who did all this still got to go on his 8th grade field trip to Disneyland. Maybe Poway patch can look into that. What a great way to reward a kid huh??
Libi Uremovic February 10, 2013 at 03:46 PM
my words were meant to have an impact - i let him know there will be immediate consequences to his poor choices and no, it will not be the fun game he's playing... i quickly put an end to any thought the kid had in his head to harass others...i ended the problem before it had time to escalate.... he was already 'taking his anger out on another child' - he was a 6th grade bully - he harassed all of the younger kids ... until he picked on my kid ... and you know what i got from the bus driver after than incident lani? i got the 'big wave hello' every time she saw me because i stopped the bully on her bus ..
Libi Uremovic February 10, 2013 at 03:53 PM
the problem is in the home - kids are animals at school because they are trained to be animals in the home... schools need a requirement for every student to have 2 - 10 hours/month of adult aide on the grounds... parents used to be involved in their kids' lives ....then boomers invented 'quality time' so they could justify dumping their children off on others.... ...now we're going into our 2nd generation of parents dumping their kids off and recusing themselves of all responsibilities ..
Colleen February 10, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I went to Twin Peaks in the eighth grade back in the 1997-1998 school year, and I was bullied in several classes. I was bullied the most in Spanish class, sometimes right in front of the teacher. She never did anything, except get mad at me for making my classmates talk. I never did anything about it, except tell my mom. It stopped when they put lotion in my hair and made me cry, getting the substitute teacher's attention. My Grandma worked for the district and must have known the substitute, because for the rest of the school year (which was about 4-5 months) I was followed most of the way home by the Volunteer Police department (which my Grandpa was a member of). It sickens me that bullying is still going on undetected at TPMS.
Gabby Normal February 11, 2013 at 01:29 AM
My kids were bullied in kindergarten in a public San Diego school. Nice area, great school but they would not do anything about the kids clobbering other kids, stole and broke school equipment in tantrums. I thought other districts would be better but I guess not really. While I would not attempt anything like Libi because they would lock me up first. Parents like her are driven to handle things themselves because schools admins are real idiots when it comes to bullying. In our case the kindergarteners carried their problems to later grades. Their actions were a cry for help that no one listened, not the school and the parents. Like Libi said, it is the home and they acted like animals.
Gabby Normal February 11, 2013 at 01:35 AM
And...what has happened to Zero Tolerance policies? Once you made a death threat aren't you out? The trouble is they hide behind this confidentiality thing and it makes them accountable to no one.
Libi Uremovic February 11, 2013 at 01:43 AM
my mom took care of a friend's boy when he got out of kindergarten ....after he was in school for a week he started kicking my mom in the back of the leg and when she would turn around he would say: 'i didn't do it'... then she would turn back around and he would kick her again and say: ' i didn't do it'... kids were kicking on him at school, but he'd never been harassed before so he thought it was a game... '...While I would not attempt anything like Libi because they would lock me up ...' yea, white women can get away a lot...to quote steven king's movie ....'sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has going for her..'
Mjm February 11, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Significant problem is the zero tolerance policy is enforced against the victim when he or she retaliates against the bully. The right to defend yourself does not exist and the bullies take advantage of that. The bully instigates and the victim responds. The school catches the victim responding and punishes the victim and not the bully. But the school will not admit it.
Joules February 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I believe Ms Robertson when she says it has been a deep, thorough investigation because she once brought my 4th grade daughter into her office and interviewed my daughter and her friend about a conversation they had while playing at home that was repeated at school.
GhoastSkullMason February 21, 2013 at 09:42 PM
The REAL problem is that neither the parents or the PUSD administration are including the most powerful source of " conflict resolution " on the campuses, the students themselves! Stop making the students "the problem "and help make them a part of "the solution" to the problems of bullying, school shootings, and other negative on or off campus issues.
Susan Morrison March 10, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Libi, so how will the Foster Care better the child? Don't you think kids who go into the foster system turn out even worse if left there? How about some positive solutions, like maybe therapy for both the child and the parents. I think the parents should be evaluated first. I don't always point the finger to the parents although that is the case most of the time.


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