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SAN JOSE — Chris Stampolis, the Santa Clara schools trustee accused of harassing educators and parents then sanctioned for his behavior, lost an attempt Tuesday to win money after claiming officials at the school district he oversees mistreated his son.

A suit filed by Stampolis”s 12-year-old son sought $1,500, alleging false imprisonment by the Santa Clara Unified School District. But Commissioner Steven L. Yep of Santa Clara County Small Claims Court threw it out on a technicality, saying that Stampolis failed to properly file a claim with the district before suing.

Stampolis, who had gained court permission to act in his son”s behalf, spoke for the seventh-grader. The boy, whom this newspaper is not naming because he is a minor, stood silently swiveling his shoulders next to his dad.

Stampolis earlier told a reporter that it was his son”s idea to file the suit, which stemmed from a September incident on the campus of Peterson Middle School. Campus officials accused Stampolis of angrily confronting them when they tired to speak to him about being late several times in picking up his son.

The suit alleged that the seventh-grader was held against his will in the office during the discussion with his father. After the incident, Stampolis drove to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety and tried to file a complaint of false imprisonment. Police, who had been present during the school meeting, refused to take a report, saying there was no merit to the claim.

The child”s mother, Anna Song, whom Stampolis is divorcing, told this newspaper that she did not give permission for her son to sue the district.

Stampolis argued that he had complied with the law”s requirement to notify his school district that he intended to sue them.

Yep disagreed. “Did you really mean this green piece of paper that he wrote,” the commissioner asked, waving a document that Stampolis”s son had filled out, “was the notice to satisfy Government code 910?” the provision requiring litigants to first file a claim with an agency.

Yep earlier had denied Stampolis”s request to postpone the hearing until after Thursday, when the Santa Clara Unified school board is set to consider his son”s complaint.

“I have a job to hear cases when they come forward,” Yep said.

Stampolis would not say whether he planned to refile the suit.

Contact Sharon Noguchi at 408-271-3775. Follow her at Twitter.com/noguchionk12.

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