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In Quest to Defend His Kid, an ESD Parent Reaches for State Supreme Court

Dan Patterson goes to great lengths to clear his son's name.
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A few days after his son was forced to withdraw from ESD, Dan Patterson hired attorney Larry Friedman, kicking off a case that cost him in the high six figures. Trevor Paulhus

As a father of two, I was curious when I read about a case that had gone all the way to the Supreme Court of Texas. At it’s core was a high school-aged kid who’d (maybe) gotten busted smoking pot during school hours. How far do you go, as a parent, to defend your children? When do you stay out of it and just let them take their licks and learn?

Those were some of the questions that got me interested in a story about ESD that we published in our December issue. It just went online today.

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