RENO — The state attorney general’s office is looking into whether the Washoe County School Board violated open-meetings laws after the arrest of a university professor who was denied entry to a meeting.
Larry Dailey, who teaches journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, filed the complaint with the state last week. He told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/nlvml9h) he has hired local attorney Ken McKenna and plans to sue the district for a violation of his First Amendment rights.
Dailey was arrested on June 11 for violating a trespass warning given to him in February.
He tried to enter the school district’s office several times during a school board meeting but was blocked by district police officers and eventually handcuffed and taken to the Washoe County jail. He was charged with violating a trespass warning and obstructing a police officer.
School district officials said Dailey was given a trespass warning preventing him to go to the district’s offices without written consent from the district’s legal counsel or deputy superintendent.
Dailey was given the warning because he allegedly harassed an employee over the phone about issues involving his daughter who has autism, the district said.
Dailey earlier filed complaints with the Nevada Department of Education about treatment of his daughter and others. He told the newspaper he wanted to present findings by the state where the district has violated federal and state mandates regarding children with special needs.
Police officers told Dailey he could appear at a different school board meeting.
At a school board meeting on Tuesday night, trustees said they were not aware of what was happening outside of the meeting where Dailey was arrested.
Marva Cleven, state special education director, said the district currently is developing new policies to address past violations involving record-keeping and training requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act.