Four members of the Petaluma National Little League team that captivated Sonoma County last summer were suspended from school for two days this month after an altercation with a fifth team member at Petaluma Junior High.
The mother of the fifth boy said her son has been bullied by the others since the all-star team went to San Bernardino last August in its journey to the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania.
Parents of the other boys deny any bullying and said a minor incident has been blown far out of proportion.
The 13 members of the team became hometown heroes as they fought back from the brink of defeat several times and represented the West division with distinction in the internationally televised youth baseball competition. After finishing third in the world, the team returned home to a ticker-tape parade downtown, city proclamations and invitations to community events for months afterward.
According to parents of three of the boys, two incidents occurred that led to the suspensions.