PORT ORCHARD — Superintendent Karst Brandsma, on behalf of the South Kitsap School District, filed a request for a temporary protection order against Port Orchard resident Larry Mann, a frequent and often virulent school district critic.
The request was granted by Kitsap County District Court on Oct. 18. A hearing was set for district court at 9 a.m. on Oct. 27 to consider “a more permanent determination,” the district said in a notification sent to SKSD families and staff of the action.
Brandsma alleges that Mann has been responsible for repeatedly sending anonymous letters, primarily to the district’s administration office, but also to some SKHS schools.
Mann has been prohibited by the court from sending any correspondence via phone, mail or email to the South Kitsap School District or its schools. He also is not allowed to be within 500 feet of any school district facility, site or property, including bus stops.
In the letter to parents and staff, Brandsma said this district is not commenting on the matter. “This is a pending legal matter … Requests for comment should be sent to the South Kitsap School District Administration Office and [so] we may forward to legal counsel,” Brandsma wrote.
Here are the contents of the school district letter:
“To All South Kitsap Families,
The purpose of this email is to inform all our families that South Kitsap School District is seeking a “Protection Order” (PO) through the court system against a community member. The community member is Larry Mann. We believe Mr. Mann is responsible for repeatedly sending anonymous letters primarily to the District Office, but also to a few schools as well.
Today, October 18, 2017, the court granted a temporary PO against Mr. Mann, until such time, they hear the case for a more permanent determination. By Court Order, Mr. Mann is not allowed to contact via phone, mail, or email any correspondence to the South Kitsap School District or schools and is not allowed to personally be within 500 feet of any school district facility, school site, or property including bus stops.
Our next court date is scheduled for Friday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m. Attached is a copy of the court order and a photograph of Mr. Mann. If you believe he has violated the court order, please call 911 and also the South Kitsap School District at 360-874-7005.
This is a pending legal matter; we are deferring comment at this time. Requests for comment should be sent to the South Kitsap School District Administration Office and we may forward to legal counsel.”