Nothing out of the ordinary about a family making dinner together on a Friday night but it just so happens that one Roseville family includes a 14-year-old son and two dads.
They say that difference has been the root of disaster for them at Buljan Middle School.
“I found it exactly about right here,” said eighth grader Jerrod Grisham.
Grisham points to the spot where he said he found feces on the shirt he was wearing, after a run-in with some bullies on campus.
“She said, ‘Jerrod, go hold hands with another guy,’ and I said, ‘grow the ‘f’ up,’ because I have reached the limit with bullying at my school and I really don’t feel safe at school because of the bullying that’s been going on,” said Grisham.
According to the teen, this incidentis just the latest in three years worth of taunting – so much he says he’s stopped reporting it all because nothing happens.
For Jerrod’s biological dad Nathan and his partner, it’s heartbreaking.
“It’s offensive. I can’t imagine anything worse,” said Nathan Grisham.
Nothing, except perhaps for the frustration they feel over how Buljan’s handled such matters.
“They should be taken far more seriously than they seem to be,” said Christian Williams, Nathan Grisham’s partner.
Roseville Superintendent Richard Pierucci didn’t know about this incident until FOX40 brought it to his attention.
He did not want to appear on camera but a after a litte digging, he said by phone that seven children were interviewed as this was investigated and the incident couldn’t be substantiated.
Buljan’s principal, Greg Gunn, also said he didn’t want to make any on-camera comment.
By phone, Gunn said say that all reported incidents of harrassment are thoroughly investigated.
Jerrod’s parents were told that there was some kind of consequence for one child involved, they suspect a loss of campus merit points.
“I think that the school’s reaction to these things is extremely uh soft,” said Williams.
They feel the district needs to make a move with more tolerance education.
For them, they’re just moving.
They plan to leave Roseville right after this school year ends and move Jerrod to the East Bay to begin the ninth grade.
Jerrod admits that he fought back with his words in the feces incident which took place last Thursday.
He denies claims by one administrator that he launched the first ugly remark.
While he’s been teased for being gay because his dads are, Jerrod says though it would be perfectly okay for him to be homosexual, he’s not..