Protection Order

Protection Order against Larry Mann extended
Posted on 10/26/2018
News Update
News Release

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2018

School District Protection Order against Larry Mann extended six months 

Port Orchard, Washington – South Kitsap School District Superintendent Karst Brandsma appeared in Kitsap County Court on October 26 to seek an extension of the protection order against Mr. Larry Mann. Kitsap County Court Judge Marilyn Paja granted a six-month extension and renewed the terms of the original Order for Protection – Harassment or Stalking effective beginning November 1, 2018 through May 1, 2019.

On November 1, 2017, Judge Paja entered the original one-year Order of Protection from Unlawful Harassment in favor of Superintendent Brandsma and against Mr. Mann. The District had received over a dozen anonymous letters from Mr. Mann over a two (2) year period that were addressed to the District and the Superintendent’s Office. The original decision was a 13-page document that included references to testimony and evidence. In Judge Paja’s decision she wrote:

Mr. Mann crossed the boundaries of communication protected by the First Amendment, and on multiple occasions over a period exceeding one year, harassed the school community led by Superintendent Mr. Brandsma composed of South Kitsap School District (SKSD) employees, staff, faculty, the elected Board members, the students, and himself. Communications sent to the SKSD were bullying, predatory, intimidating and offensive, and served no lawful purpose.

Mr. Mann is restrained from being within 500 feet of Mr. Brandsma, his residence, any South Kitsap School District school and property. Mr. Mann is also restrained from being within 50 feet of any South Kitsap School District bus stop. If Mr. Mann chooses to communicate with South Kitsap School District, he must do so through the district’s legal counsel, Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leith, Inc.

“We are pleased with the court’s decision to extend the original protection order. Threatening and harassing letters sent through the US Mail is serious and frightening. The District’s top priority must be the safety of our students and staff. This decision agreed upon today, allows us to remain focused on educating the students in our community,” stated Superintendent Karst Brandsma.

Photo of Larry Mann
Photo of Mr. Larry Mann