Denice Barnes says her son, Quentin, has been repeatedly bullied at Soquel Union Elementary.
Superintendent Henry Castaniada was one of the school administrators who was suspiciously hard to get a hold of when we needed someone to clarify the Soquel Union Elementary School District’s policy on bullying for our cover story on the topic last month. And yes, we called him out on it a couple of times.
But better late than never, as they say. The story came back on our radar last week after Denice Barnes, the concerned parent who came forward about the bullying of her son at Soquel Union in our story, made a stir once again by calling out Castaniada herself—specifically, on the issue of why he failed to return 24 phone calls last year, or her first five phone calls this year, when her son’s classmates started picking on him. She does, after all, have the phone records to prove it.
We inquired about it, too, and this time Castaniada agreed to meet with us. Soquel Union Elementary School District, it turns out, does have a policy on school bullying, and he says he takes it very seriously.