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October 31, 2014

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Parent visit to Washoe schools’ office prompts lockdown

A visit by the parent of a special-needs child to the Washoe County School District administrative building on Thursday prompted a lockdown there.

The district said Larry Dailey caused a disturbance at the school offices and would not leave the complex, which includes the office of Superintendent Pedro Martinez and school police headquarters.

Dailey, a UNR journalism professor, said he was trying to file a complaint against the district for bullying and intimidation by Martinez.

In March, Dailey asked the district to investigate his allegation of bullying. He was told by the district he could not contact district employees because of the investigation but on Wednesday received a letter from the district saying the investigation was closed and he was free to contact employees again.

The school district said he entered a restricted area of the complex.

Dailey said the door was open, and he was following officers, who were engaging in conversation with him, to that area of the administrative offices.

When he returned to the front of the building, the outside doors were locked.

Reno Police were called and gave Dailey a trespass warning.

Dailey was arrested in June 2013 for violating a trespass warning when he tried to testify at a school board meeting about how the district had handled problems involving his daughter's education.

At the time, the district said Dailey was given the trespass warning because he made threatening calls to a district employee when he was complaining about problems with his daughter's education.

The district dropped the trespass warning that led to his arrest, criminal charges against Dailey were dropped and Dailey received a $17,500 settlement.

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