The science teacher at my youngest son’s school, Mr. Snow at Lewisville Elementary, has been suspended with pay for alleged misconduct. We got the automated call from the school at about 4:30 this afternoon and I just saw the notification in the Winston-Salem Journal’s afternoon email alert (article here). No details were provided with the phone message other than that the school is participating with the sheriff’s office in the investigation.
This is the second time this year that Mr. Snow has been accused of misconduct. The charges last fall were dropped after the authorities couldn’t find any support or proof of the allegations. As I wrote here I wasn’t too pleased with the school’s initial handling of getting the word out the last time through, but I think they’ve learned their lesson because this time they seem to be getting the word out quickly and consistently. One thing I’d like to know is when the allegations were initially made. The last time we didn’t hear from the schools until a week after the allegations were made and the sheriff was called. It will be interesting to see what the gap between allegation and parental notification was this time.
On the plus side the school reps went out of their way to say they are already working with the sheriff’s office so we know where they are in the process. Unfortunately, because we’ve been through this already we know that the school system can’t tell us anything until the sheriff has investigated. Given the sheriff office’s performance in recent school cases let’s hope they get this thing investigated soon and thoroughly.
FYI, the phone’s already started ringing and the early take is that someone has it out for Mr. Snow. I know it seems awful suspicious when any teacher is accused twice (where there’s smoke there’s fire, and all that), but let’s just say that those people familiar with the school have reason to think that there might be a reason that Mr. Snow would be accused. As I said the last time, I don’t know Mr. Snow personally but I do know the people who are defending him and I trust their judgment.
I just hope this somehow works out in such a way that the folks involved come out as unscathed as possible and that the truth is found.