August 5, 2005

Oregon teacher caught licking students’ wounds

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - The Oregon teachers' board
reprimanded a high school football coach for licking the
bleeding wounds of student athletes, school officials said on

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
placed Scott Reed, 34, on two years of probation and ordered
the coach, who is also a science teacher to attend a class on
the risks of blood-borne pathogens.

Last summer, Reed gave students at Central Linn High School
near Eugene, Oregon, 100 miles south of Portland, a pep talk
about a coach who had licked and healed players' wounds so that
they could rejoin the game. After the talk, he bent down and
licked a cut on a track athlete's knee, the commission said.

The head of the commission, Vickie Chamberlain, said the
board felt a public reprimand was necessary "because we were
very concerned about his behavior."

Reed did not return calls seeking comment.

Complaints filed against Reed also cited other risky
behavior, such as licking blood from wounds on a football
player's arm and a high school student's hand. Parents said if
Reed had had an open wound in his mouth, the licking could have
spread an infection such as HIV or Hepatitis B and C.