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Police investigated Atascadero High teacher and coach for allegedly assaulting student

Atascadero High School teacher and coach Chris Ferree was investigated by police for allegedly assaulting a student; the district says the accusations are “unfounded.”
Atascadero High School teacher and coach Chris Ferree was investigated by police for allegedly assaulting a student; the district says the accusations are “unfounded.” dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Atascadero police have investigated a complaint against longtime Atascadero High School teacher and coach Chris Ferree, alleging he assaulted a student, and forwarded the results of its investigation to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

It is not recommending a charge, according to Police Sgt. Caleb Davis.

Ferree has coached at Atascadero High School for 25 years, including wrestling, football, water polo and cheerleading; he was recognized by the California Interscholastic Federation in 2016 as a model coach. He also teaches health.

The Atascadero Unified School District conducted its own investigation and “determined that significant elements of the allegations are unfounded,” a spokesman said. He declined to comment further, citing student and personnel confidentiality.

“However, the district wants to be clear that it takes very seriously its responsibility to maintain the safety and well-being of students and staff, and will take all appropriate steps to address any parent, student, or staff concerns,” the statement to The Tribune said Thursday.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7934, @andrewsheeler

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