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Teacher in road rage case on paid leave

A special education teacher at Liberty High School has been placed on leave by the Hillsboro School District after being charged with alleged assault after a road rage incident on Thursday, April 4.

In an ironic twist, it turned out that the victim, Alexander Hoang, 17, is a student at a nearby high school.

Bruce Clevenger, 62, of Aloha, allegedly assaulted Hoang, a student at Century High School.

The teen suffered minor injuries during the assault.

Beth Graser, communications director with the Hillsboro School District, confirmed that Clevenger teaches emotionally disturbed students in Liberty’s Social Learning Center.

Graser said Clevenger is on paid leave pending the outcome of the legal process and an internal investigation by school district officials. The district learned of the incident on Friday, and Clevenger was placed on leave the same day.

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to an assault call in the area of Southwest Johnson Street and Southwest 200th Court in Aloha at about 4:20 p.m. When they arrived, Hoang was bleeding from the mouth and had a swollen eye. The victim told deputies he had been driving east in his 2000 Acura and noticed a man tailgating him in a 1998 Honda. Hoang said he was traveling at the posted 25 mph speed limit in a residential area.

The victim and other witnesses reported that Clevenger was tailgating Hoang’s car very closely. Clevenger eventually passed him, and when he came alongside Hoang’s car, he allegedly steered into it, scraping the Acura. According to the sheriff’s office report, Clevenger then pulled in front of the Acura and both cars stopped. Clevenger got out and approached Hoang’s car, and witnesses said he was visibly angry and yelling. He pulled Hoang’s door open and started to punch the high school student in the face, then returned to his car and drove from the scene.

Deputies identified Clevenger as the man driving the Honda.

According to Sgt. David Thompson of the sheriff’s office, deputies learned that Clevenger was a teacher in the same school district as Hoang, but the two did not know each other. Clevenger was apparently angry because Hoang was driving too slowly.

Witnesses got Clevenger’s license plate number, and one witness followed Clevenger to his home and called 911. Deputies responded and arrested Clevenger without incident.

Clevenger was booked into the Washington County Jail on several charges: Failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run); reckless driving; recklessly endangering another person; assault IV (two counts); and harassment. Clevenger was subsequently released from jail on his own recognizance.




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