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UPDATE: Authorities ID Madison Co. School Employee Tied to School Closure

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Christopher Snoddy / Photo provided by Louisa County Sheriff's Office

Christopher Snoddy / Photo provided by Louisa County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE:

October 22, 2013

Authorities confirm Chris Snoddy of Ruckersville is one of the Madison County school employee tied to Monday's school closure.

On the Madison County Public Schools website, 33-year-old Snoddy is listed as a network specialist in the technology department.

Snoddy is charged with "Assault & Battery-Family Member," according to the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday, the Louisa County Sheriff's Office made the arrest, though the criminal charges were placed by Madison County.

The Louisa County Sheriff's Office says they secured an Emergency Protective Order for Snoddy for his mental state, forcing an evaluation by mental health officials.

Calls to the Madison County Sheriff's Office have not been returned.

Some parents say, while very few details were initially released about the situation, they believe administrators did the right thing.

"Our kids' safety is of the utmost importance. I think they did a good job of keeping the kids safe," said parent Kenyon Smith.

"You never know what's going through a guy's head. He could go in there wanting to hurt her and end up hurting other kids in the process," said parent Billy Vanover.

Vanover says, while he believes school administrators made the right move, the employees demonstrated unprofessional behavior.

"Teachers are supposed to be role models for our kids, not trying to hurt each other," said Vanover. "You don't bring personal stuff to work with you. Leave your personal stuff at home."

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Oct. 21, 2013

A conflict between two school employees on Sunday caused officials to close Madison County schools as a precaution on Monday.

According to a statement released by the School Board, one person has been charged with a crime.

School officials say classes will resume like normal on Tuesday, but extra law enforcement will be on school property in the coming days. School staff has also been placed on "high alert."

The Madison County's Sheriff's Office has not released the identity of the person arrested, or what they have been charged with.

Below is the full statement released by school officials:

"Late Sunday afternoon, school administration became aware of a developing conflict involving two of the division’s employees. Because of the nature of that conflict, one employee contacted local law enforcement and filed a criminal complaint against the other employee. Administration had evidence that the second employee may have intended to confront several employees today. Although to our knowledge the employee made no overt or specific threat of violence or physical harm, administration remained concerned about the safety of employees and the well-being of students in the event of such confrontation.

"Because of the threat of possible confrontation made by the second employee and because the precise whereabouts of that employee were unknown, out of an abundance of caution and a desire to maximize student and staff safety, law enforcement recommended that administration close schools today. For the same reasons, administration followed law enforcement’s recommendation.

"We are advised that the second employee has now been formally charged with a crime. School administration has taken steps to suspend that employee from job duties and has instructed the employee to not return to any school property until administration can fully investigate the events that transpired yesterday. Furthermore, law enforcement has advised school administration that, based on a number of subsequent events, it knows of no imminent risk of harm to employees or students at this time and it believes schools can be safely opened tomorrow. Out of an abundance of caution, law enforcement will provide an increased presence on school property in the coming days, and administration has taken steps to place school staff on heightened alert.

"We apologize for the disruption created by today’s closure; however, both law enforcement and school administration are obligated to assess any and all risk, however remote, and make decisions that maximize student and staff safety. We look forward to seeing students and staff back at school tomorrow morning."


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