CORVALLIS, Ore. — A retired band teacher was stripped of his teaching license after investigations of sexual misconduct involving female students. Marshall Price taught at Corvallis High School, Linus Pauling Middle School and Westland Middle School from 2003 to 2011.
The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission found that Price had met with a former student in 2010 to console her over personal problems. He told her, “If there were not any students around, I would lay a smack on your lips.” The victim told investigators that Price made similar comments in 2007 while she was a student, saying, “If I was younger, I would kiss you.”
Iain Cullen was a former student of Price. He says Price is “a little opinionated, speaks bluntly about things, from what I can remember, and curses once in a while.”
In February, the commission permanently revoked Price’s teaching license.
One parent who didn’t want to be identified said her daughter attended Corvallis High School while Price taught there. She said, “I am really shocked to hear that. You feel that school’s a safe place.”
Another parent was also shocked, but she doesn’t believe Price did it. She says she’s known Price for years and her son was in his band program in middle school.
“I just can’t imagine Marshall did those things. He’s a good guy,” she said.
The commission also looked into another incident from 1974, when Price taught at the Oakland School District in Douglas County. Investigators found price engaged in a sexual relationship with a student after she turned 18.
Price retired two years ago.
Photo courtesy of Corvallis Gazette-Times.