They avoided him becuase he acted like a Ryne.
The kids pretended to like him but secretly thought he was a Ryne and they laughed and laughed and called him Ryno.
Female voice responds: "Hi this is Christi! Have you by chance seen or heard from Ryne? I miss him incredibly and I am having an emergency."
Myself: "Well yes I have indeed Christi! He is regrettably either at Stephanie's or at Ashley's. I am so sorry to inform you."