By Susan Winlow
Erik Del Real didn’t show up for most of his ninth and 10th grade years at Rodriguez High School.
During the 2013-14 year, he was a small piece of the 11.8 percent of students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District labeled chronically absent, which are students who miss 10 percent or more of the school days in the school year, excused or unexcused.
In Del Real’s case, he was bullied so much he didn’t want to go to school anymore, he said.
“I was afraid,” he said as he stood in the dimly lit living room of his family’s apartment near Travis Boulevard.