Beaverton, Oregon – A band teacher at Whitford Middle School has been arrested after an altercation with a student. Beaverton Police say the incident happened during First Period Band class Thursday. They are calling it unwanted physical contact with a student and stress it was not sexual in nature.
The school sent a letter home to parents and it says “there was an incident involving a staff member and a student in period one band class which did not result in physical injury. When we were made aware of the incident, we contacted the Beaverton Police Department and Beaverton School District Human Resources. ”
Larry Coates has been placed on paid administrative leave. He was booked into the Washington County Jail on harassment charges and the jail’s website shows he has since been released.
Reporter Rosemary Reynolds Contributed to this story