The West Virginia Department of Education sent a letter Tuesday, Aug. 19 to Miracle Meadows School, in Salem, informing its officials that the school's exemption status has been revoked, according to WVDE officials. The revocation effectively shuts down the school.
The revocation comes on the heels of the arrest of Tim Arrington, a teacher at the Seventh Day Adventist school in Harrison County. Arrington is accused by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department of choking and handcuffing a student.
State law requires private schools to comply with West Virginia code in order to maintain exempt status. The Department of Education determined that Miracle Meadows did not comply with state law, and in addition to revoking the school's exemption, it issued the following statement: "Due to the egregious nature of the non-compliance, children's safety and welfare, any future attempts by the school to seek reinstatement of the exemption status will be denied by the WVDE."
Law enforcement is continuing to investigate potential further criminal behavior at the school, and more charges may be pending, officials said.
Also this week, the board of the Miracle Meadows School voted to file a lawsuit against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. In a news release, school officials say the DHHR's investigation violated a 2000 West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals verdict that granted "parochial alternative school" status to the school. You can read the board's full statement detailing the potential lawsuit here.