BAKERSFIELD, CA - A local mother says standing up for her 6-year-old daughter got her banned from a local school.
The school district says, yes, state law specifically permits the exile of confrontational parents.
The word is called debarment, not disbarment, but de-barment, and it's what happened to Jennifer Smith, a mother in the Rio Bravo-Greeley School District.
"It's devastating, really devastating," said Smith.
Smith uses those words to describe her situation. This week, she received a letter from the Superintendent of the Rio Bravo-Greeley School District.
"I was so upset and so horrified. It said that I was debarred from the school entirely, not allowed to be at any function at the school."
The debarment started Tuesday morning and lasts two weeks.
The letter says Smith used inappropriate and confrontational behavior toward other parents and staff at a track meet and bus stop.
Smith says she received the letter after taking concerns to the school that her daughter was being bullied on campus.
But, Superintendent Ernie Unruh says that's not the case.
"I believe any student here that is being bullied and we are aware of it. It's dealt with in an appropriate manner to ensure their safety and the safety of everyone around," said Unruh.
When they couldn't agree to disagree, Unruh sent the letter.
It cites California Penal Code section 626.4 that permits him to withdraw permission for Smith to be at any Rio Bravo-Greeley school, school function, or bus stop.
But, when 17 News asked Unruh for more information on why the letter was sent to Smith, he replied, "No, it's not the norm, but I'm not going to get into the specifics of the letter."