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Attorney for hockey parents speaks out

Just over a week before the Cloquet School Board is slated to resume discussion of complaints against CEC boys hockey coach Dave Esse, the attorney for the complainants has chosen to go public with their side of the story.

Just over a week before the Cloquet School Board is slated to resume discussion of complaints against CEC boys hockey coach Dave Esse, the attorney for the complainants has chosen to go public with their side of the story.

Robert E. Mathias of Mathias Law Firm of Duluth stated he was writing as the "Attorney for Concerned Parents," without naming those he represented.

The two-page document debunked many of the alleged reasons for the complaints that have been reported thus far. He went on to elaborate on those issues his clients claim are at stake, referring to certain perceived violations of the Coaches Code of Ethics and Conduct spelled out by the Minnesota State High School League.

The Pine Journal contacted Mathias on Monday to request a copy of the complaint, but he declined, noting the complainants have told the school district they would wait until the investigation was complete and the board had reached a final decision on whether to take action.

The Esse issue comes to light about the same time as a bill now before the Legislature that would prohibit parent complaints from being the sole reason for letting a coach go.

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In an Associated Press story, one of the bill's co-sponsors, State Rep. Dean Urdahl, stated he's trying to guard against coaches losing their jobs when a parent complains about a child's playing time or the type of plays they call.

The Grove City Republican said parent complaints about inappropriate behavior would still be taken seriously and other laws would come into play.

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