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Former Students and Parents Defending Miracle Meadow School
Written by Andrew Havranek
Last updated on August 15, 2014 @ 6:43PM
Created on August 15, 2014 @ 6:00PM

It's been the top conversation in Harrison County all day, and now, former students are speaking out in defense of a school, where a faculty member is accused of choking a student.

5 News continued to dig up information on the school, citing allegations from nearly 15 years ago, and spoke with former students from the school.

Although they say they do not know the faculty member from the Miracle Meadows school who was arrested on child abuse charges Thursday night, former students and parents say they are shocked to hear this type of thing would happen, at a school which changed their lives.

Timothy Aaron Arrington is accused of choking a male student to the point of unconsciousness back in June. The investigation into the school was prompted after the student allegedly seeked medical attention.

Arrington posted bond Thursday night instead of being put behind bars.

An employee at the school, who refused to go on camera, said the school has no comment on the investigation.

According to a State Supreme Court case from 2000, allegations were made against faculty members, stating sexual abuse of at least two female students.

However, a former student of the school says during her time, she was treated very well. Neither her nor other students were abused, and she finds it hard to believe the school would ever allow an employee to work there after doing what has been alleged.

If this alleged situation took place, the school would not have tolerated it, and they would have asked him to leave. There's no doubt in my mind. The school has the child's best interest at heart, whole heartedly,” said former student, Erin Woods of Bridgeport.

Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer says the investigation will take some time, so stay with 5 News for the latest developments.


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