Investigation of Miracle Meadows School After Abuse Allegations
Written by Andrew Havranek
Last updated on August 15, 2014 @ 6:22PM
Created on August 15, 2014 @ 5:59PM
An investigation led to an arrest of a school faculty member last night, after he allegedly choked a student in June. This also may not have been the first time abuse allegations have been made against school faculty.
Now, the Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney says the investigation into the school could result in even more charges.
Police say this investigation may take some time, and former students have started speaking out in the school's defense.
Shortly after 3:00 p.m. Thursday, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department arrested Timothy Aaron Arrington, a faculty member of the Miracle Meadows School, after allegations that he choked a student to the point of unconsciousness.
According to their website, Miracle Meadows School is one of four schools in the world which enrolls secondary and elementary students who are “defiant, deviant, disrespectful, failing in school, and in trouble with the law.”
Apparently, this isn't the first time abuse allegations have been made against staff members at this school.
According to a West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals decision from 2000, the Department of Health and Human Resources filed for custody of the school's students after allegations of sexual abuse by a faculty member.
Also according to the Court's decision, the petition was filed after two female students were picked up by state police after running away from the school.
They say the school then called the Department of Health and Human Resources to say the girls took back their allegations.
Then, “at that time, the girls reported that they had been pressured by the school's staff, and forced to recant their stories.”
While there seems to be allegations against faculty at the school, a former student says she never experienced anything which was out of line.
“No. No abuse. I was not mistreated. I was fed three squares a day. I was nurtured, I was counseled,” said former student and Bridgeport resident, Erin Woods.
We also spoke with a parent of a recent student who says these allegations are surprising, because her daughter, who just graduated high school in Tennessee, says the Miracle Meadows program is the reason to her success and turn around.
“This past April, she said, they asked her, 'why do you think you've done so well in public high school?' and she said, 'because I went to Miracle Meadows for my middle school years, and they really taught me how to control myself, and how to make goals, set those goals, and reach those goals.' And that's what she did. Every goal that she set for herself in high school, she did reach,” said Lisa Trew of Tennessee, parent of a former student.
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