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Friday, September 24, 2021, 3:03 PM

Timothy Van Etten, a teacher at Muskogee High School, has resigned after reports surfaced that he called female high school students “hot” or “cute”, according to reports from parents and the schools. Van Etten was formerly a girls’ soccer coach as well, one parent reported.

After inquiries from, the schools released the following statement:

Muskogee Public Schools suspended a high school teacher pending an investigation into inappropriate comments made towards female students. The administration has also turned this information over to the police which is investigating the case independent of the district investigation.

The employee tendered his resignation on Thursday, September 23, 2021. However, the board will not take any action on the resignation until the situation is thoroughly investigated and the administration makes a final determination. Muskogee Public Schools condemns this type of behavior and will not tolerate inappropriate comments made to students or others.