YUBA CITY (CBS13) — A Yuba City father is outraged after his 11-year-old son is arrested, photographed, and finger printed, all for what he calls standing up for himself.
Jose Peraita was still enraged Thursday, days after learning his 11-year-old son, Brenton, was arrested this past week for allegedly threatening three students.
“He’s been punched and abused for a year and a half, and the day he finally stands up for himself and says ‘I wish you bullies were basically out of my life’, he gets arrested,” said Peraita.
Peraita says his son, a child who enjoys playing the guitar and classic rock, has been the target of bullying for more than a year at Riverbend Elementary School.
“They call me Brentina, homo, and some say ‘go make out with your boyfriend’,” says Breton.
Brenton also says that the school has done nothing to help.
“We’ve had zero results,” says Peraita.
The Yuba City Unified School District says despite claims, they were not made aware of the ongoing problems with Brenton, but do take bullying seriously.
“I would like to get to the bottom of this also, and work them out for him, but I think this may have been blown out of proportion,” says Bruce Morton, Yuba City Unified School District.
The Yuba City Police Department arrested the three alleged bullies a day after Brenton’s arrest, and charged them with making comments that may incite violence. But, they still maintain the arrest of Brenton was justified.
Periata says the arrest of his son is ridiculous, and the arrest of the three bullies comes way too late.
“It’s after the fact; it’s the school officials and administrators covering up what they should have been doing a year and a half ago,” said Peraita.
The Yuba City Unified School District says they are trying to work with the Peraita’s, but Brenton’s father says he may not send his son back to Riverbend Elementary School.