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Eight-year-old Hillsboro boy can’t go to school because of restraining order

Peyton Whitehead. (David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Peyton Whitehead. (David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

HILLSBORO, MO (KTVI) – A Jefferson County mom says her son has been punished for standing up to bullies on the school bus after being slapped with a restraining order, which is keeping the child from going to school.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the restraining order was filed September 7 in Jefferson County Circuit Court. Eight-year-old Peyton Whitehead is accused of punching a 7-year-old repeatedly in the arm and threatening to slice that child’s head off, as well as threatening to murder an 8-year-old girl and kill her dog.

The restraining order goes on to say Peyton threatened other children with a baseball bat and told others that his mother carries a gun in her purse.

As a result, Peyton must stay 1,000-feet away from the six children listed on the order. He’s also banned from Hillsboro Elementary until a court date later this month.

Peyton’s mother, Danielle Whitehead, claims the allegations have been exaggerated and neighbors are upset with the family because they questioned residential code violations. She admits Peyton made threats against the other children, but only after being bullied for months. Danielle says she spoke with the bus driver and principal at Hillsboro Elementary to sort things out before the restraining order was filed, but police came to the school and pulled her son out of class anyway.

The superintendent of the Hillsboro School District said the issue is not a school matter.