Florence teacher accused of assaulting youth placed on leave

Siuslaw School District officials said the alleged assault is not related to Clint Tatum's job and did not happen on school property.

Posted: May 3, 2019 10:28 AM
Updated: May 3, 2019 11:47 AM

FLORENCE, Ore. -- A Siuslaw School District teacher accused of injuring a youth is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Clint Tatum, 43, of Florence faces a charge of first-degree criminal mistreatment.

The Florence Police Department school resource officer was contacted on Wednesday about the possible assault, which resulted in minor injuries.

Tatum teaches at Siuslaw Middle School and Siuslaw High School, but officials said the alleged assault is not connected to his job and did not happen on school property. Tatum is a former Siuslaw High School girls' basketball coach.

Superintendent Andrew Grzeskowiak said school staff are cooperating with the investigation.

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