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Post by greybeard58 » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:25 pm

BUFFALO, Minn. (KMSP) - A high school senior says she was cut from the Buffalo junior varsity hockey team in retaliation for formal complaints she made against the male coaching staff.

Erin Nieman, 18, says coaches would intimidate and bully players in the locker room and on the ice. After talking to teammates, she wrote a formal letter to school administrators and expressed her discomfort in a meeting with the athletic director.
"None of the other girls were willing to stand up to the coaches. I became like a spokesperson,” Erin told Fox 9. "They had multiple coaches in the room with one female, and the way they interacted with her was telling her she was an awful person, an awful skater, she didn't deserve to be a captain.”

Buffalo hockey player says she was cut for complaints about male coaches
The very next season, Erin was released from the team. The coaches told her it was because she didn’t have the skill set, but Erin believes she was retaliated against for filing a complaint.
“She was good enough to play before she complained, she wasn't good enough to play after she complained,” said Erin’s attorney Andrea Jepsen with the School Law Center in St. Paul.
Jepsen points out that Erin played junior varsity for four years before being cut her senior year. She also says that after the cut, the team was left with so few players that they have to bring down girls from Varsity for games.
“For a young woman who has played for so long—for a school that needs players—for an organization that doesn’t place standards on admission to its junior varsity team—it becomes concerning.”
But Jepsen says the actual complaint isn’t the issue herd. Instead, it’s that Title IX protects young women who speak up when they feel uncomfortable.
"We should be able to participate as young women and feel that it's a safe environment and if we don't feel comfortable we can be able to report it without being retaliated against,” said Jepsen.
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Post by AAA Dad » Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:57 pm

Sounds to me like someone had their feelings hurt... Must be a lawsuit to follow... Coaching can be and should be tough and critical at times if it is good IMO...
Why was this even posted??? GOOD GRIEF!!!

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Post by sinbin » Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:40 am

Two sides to every story. Could be hurt feelings and litigious entitlement; could also be nasty politics. Or, anywhere in between.

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Post by mulefarm » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:36 am

Could be she isn't good enough? 4 yrs on the JV, obviously, she had a chance to impress the coaches! School investigated and didn't find anything, still didn't get her way! Not sure why the media even covers matters like this, not news worthy.

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Post by JohnnyBuck » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:51 am

Another lawsuit that my public dollar gets to defend. Great!

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Post by greybeard58 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:11 pm

If you just read the description you will want to see the video as it is more detailed and a second player also speaks up. We are talking JV where players of all skills play. The other link is the roster and there are 11 skaters 5 of which are seniors with 1 goalie a 7th grader.

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Post by MN_Bowhunter » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:11 pm

On second thought I'm staying out of this...

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