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9/25/2012 9:17:00 AM
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Amsel eligibility

(Note: This letter was submitted to Mike Colbrese, the Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association on Aug. 28 and shared with the Mirror with permission of the author.)

Dear Mr. Colbrese,
I'm here in Chelan trying my best to be patient and letting the "system" operate through its normal channels and procedures. It has become clear that the events in the past two to three weeks have produced the most obscene behavior I have ever observed as a professional educator/coach. In fact, both sides of the current debate, "the Chelan School District" and a quasi conglomeration of forces led by head football coach Darren Talley are fighting amongst themselves, trying to prove who's right and who's wrong. The truth of the matter is that both groups and their supporters are not just wrong, but are illegally wrong.
About three or four weeks ago, these two forces were operating together in an attempt of make my son eligible for the 2012-13 sports seasons. The first crack in their relationship occurred with the hiring of the new Vice-Principal and Athletic Director, Rob Rainville.
Mr. Rainville was able to figure rather quickly the school district's mistakes. These include; the proper reporting of violations; classification of violations; severity of consequences; intent of the student athlete; monitoring of student-athlete's repeated behavior, and other rules. These accurate conclusions of school district mistakes made by Mr. Rainville are the same complaints I've made towards the school district for the past two years.
Last week, (late August) "the Chelan School District" verses "Talley Forces" erupted into in a "gang turf war".
Mr. Talley and Mr. Jim Oscarson, brought in a "high-powered lawyer" into last weeks turf war. The school district, caught with their pants down, were unprepared, and are currently negotiating a settlement to allow my son to play sports for Chelan High School. As I indicated in previous correspondence, I don't want my son playing sports for Chelan High School. I now must add to this statement. "I don't want my son playing anywhere for anyone inside the State of Washington".
My son has broken the student-athletic code multiple times, including stealing an automobile in Mercer Island in August 2009. These statements I've made are true and honest. But throughout all of this turmoil, there is a continuous, unbreakable, and uninterrupted devotion of love of a father to his only child.
It is this love of father and son, that the Chelan School District and Darren Talley's forces, are trying to destroy, and to be replaced by their illegal and highly dishonest actions. It is my understanding that the purpose of WIAA Activities is to create self-discipline, self confidence, and to develop the skills necessary to become responsible adults and productive citizens. But for these goals to become a reality, the WIAA first needs trustworthy adults who are honest, have self-discipline, and are responsible. Some members of the Chelan School Board, the current school superintendent, former vice-principal/athletic director, current head football coach, and some parents and athletic boosters lack this self-discipline and have given up basic this morality for a "win now at any cost" mentality.
A basic obligation to fairness, honesty, and trust is the core principals on which our society is based. Please WIAA, hold on to these principals as this case moves forward, or if need be, please use your regulatory powers and stop this and allow me and my son to live outside of this corruption.

Sincerely,
Mike Amsel (Sr.)





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