CLARKSBURG, W. Va. – Arrest warrants were issued and executed for the two individuals at the heart of the allegations of child abuse against a religious boarding school in Harrison County.

“Mrs. [Susan Gayle] Clark was arrested and arraigned on charges of failure to report, two counts, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, one count, and two felony counts of child neglect resulting in injury,” Joe Shaffer, Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney said. “Mr. [Timothy Aaron] Arrington was arraigned on three felony counts of child abuse creating risk of bodily injury.”

The execution of warrants against the executive director and and also an employee of the Miracle Meadows School in Salem by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department went without incident.

“These individuals were not picked up in handcuffs and brought in by police, these individuals were given the opportunity to present themselves at the Magistrate Court’s Office today,” Shaffer said.

The charges against Founder and Executive Director Clark stem from the original investigation after Arrington was arrested a week ago and also from her subsequent actions in response.

“She obstructed law enforcement’s investigation and the court’s order when she was known to have children at her home in Ritchie County, completely ignoring a court order not to do so,” Shaffer said. “Also, Clark failed to report instances of child abuse and neglect.”

One such failure allegedly includes not reporting sexual abuse committed by one student toward another to the proper authorities. Also, she allegedly failed to report neglect and abuse Arrington is charged with.

“Allegations against Mr. Arrington are that he utilized punishment against individuals by restraining them with handcuffs, in one incidence where the individuals wrists were found to have been bleeding as a result of handcuffs,” Shaffer said.

According to Shaffer, Clark was admitted to bail in the amount of $26,000 and Arrington was admitted to bail in the amount of $45,000.

The investigation is ongoing as more evidence will have to be examined and more interviews will be conducted.

The children found in the custody of Clark after the DHHR turned them over to their parents against the court order are once again in the custody of the DHHR.

“We have not heard any good reason as to why these children were returned back to Mrs. Clark, these 8 of the 19 children that were taken,” Shaffer said. “We don’t know why their parents did that and it’s part of the ongoing investigation.”

On Tuesday, the state Department of Education essentially shut the school down but sending a letter revoking the “exemption (k)” status, which prevents other education provisions from being applicable, except for those respecting fire, safety, sanitation and immunization as long as test scores are filed once a year.

Earlier this week, the board for Miracle Meadows School, which is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventists, voted to file a lawsuit against the DHHR, claiming the investigation is being handled improperly for a facility classified as a parochial alternative school.

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  • Rick Houston

    And if I find out my children were physically or sexually abused i will make sure there willo be yet another court case against her!!!

  • Rick Houston

    About time Gayle Clark went down!!! My children were kidnapped by my ex wife and taken there. Clark knowingly helped hide my children even knowing that the children were reported missing. Im glad justice is finally being served. I have my kids back and hear horror stories of that place that my children were put thru. Miracle Meadows is nothing but a compound, a cult, and needs to be closed forever. I hope they burn in hell for what they Have done!!!

  • Ladykamara

    I too was a student at this school and I also still have nightmares about this place. It's been 20 years since I was there and I still can't forget the things that this school did or didn't do for their students. I am a diabetic and one of the first things Gayle Clark did was throw away my pills saying that I didn't need them. Also another student who attended broke his leg and she made him walk on it because she thought he was lying. It was a couple of days before they took him to the hospital When you do something they don't agree with they lock you in a small room for a week. Food is bought to you when they remember.

    • Linda

      I really hope the authorities take this seriously because the treatment that you received happened to others, many others. My daughter was injured from the "work" they made the students do and received treatment only after they decided she wasn't lying as well. Parochial/alternative school does not qualify them to abuse anyone, ever! There should be no statute of limitations on the stories that you and others have to tell. The truth that you have to tell does not match the glowing manual that they provided to parents of potential students. I pulled my daughter out after eight months, against their recommendations, because of the things my daughter said were happening there. I hope you speak out!

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  • John

    It's interesting the comments that some of you are posting....Ccoller it's interesting what you remember. I personally remember you smacking a staff in the face and he literally and physically turned the other chick only for you to smack him on the next side. And what did you do? Made fun of the fact that you hit a staff and he turned the other chick. There are many other stories like that. How about the philipino staff that got a brain concuction from a female student? How about the other staff who got her hair pulled out from the root? What about that other staff who got her ankle sprained from trying to catch some runaways? Or the other male staff who got his nose broken? Many staff leave the school with wounds. Yet they all continue to pray and support the school. And still the all support the school's mission. You would never hear them complaining about this. It's sad that the students who demanded the most help and were invested in the most, are the ones that seem to be posting the most negative comments. But this should never surprise us. The reward sought should never be an earthly one.

  • John

    It's interesting the comments that some of you are posting....Ccoller it's interesting what you remember. I personally remember you smacking a staff in the first and he literally and physically turned the other chick and you smacked him on the next side. And what did you do? Made fun of the fact that you hit a staff and he turned the other chick. There are many other stories like that. How about the philipino staff that got a brain concuction from a female student? How about the other staff who got her hair pulled out from the root? What about that other staff who got her ankle sprained from trying to catch some runaways? Or the other male staff who got his nose broken? And they all continue to pray and support the school. And still the all support the school's mission. You would never hear them complaining about this. It's sad that the students who demanded the most help and were invested in the most, are the ones that seem to be posting the most negative comments. But this should never surprise us. The reward sought should never be an earthly one.

  • Ccoller

    As Nate said. I was there for 4 yeas and abuse was rampit. No one heard our crys and no one could help us. Our parents believed we were liars and couldn't see such a "bennificial" school abuse us, but it happened and there is nothing that will ever numb what we went through in the early days of adult hood.

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    • birdbrain

      i still have nightmares of being in quarantine and having to pee in a can, sleep on the floor without a bed, and no one hearing my cry for help. i still have nightmares of being put in passive for so long i felt like i was suffocating. i still suffer from what i went through there. just because a child acts up doesnt justify the actions you take against them. that place put me through misery. its an answer to prayer that mms is over.

      • Linda

        Birdbrain:
        It's interesting to me that when I inquired into the school, I was sent a beautiful school manual that discussed the ways the students were helped, the importance of the quality of food they would receive in order to grasp spiritual truth, as well as the educational and work program they would follow. I went there for a parent's weekend and saw what they were eating, and how they lived. Not like the manual...! I thought it should have been shut down then from what the students were saying, but the staff said "don't believe them, they will tell you anything to get out of here". "They have tried to get us shut down before, but the authorities won't believe them because they are troubled children and they have no credibility."

  • Mahlon

    It is my understanding that DHS has been after MM for years but as hard as they try, they can not find legitement facts.

  • Jay

    This is not the only SDA issue in the country. Check out how this convicted child molester was hired by church officials to run a YOUTH program.

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  • T

    I was once a student at MS back in 1998 to 1999 if u feel that this is horrible then you have no idea as to what it w as really like being a student there. Locked u up in a room eating cold food using the bathroom in a bucket other abuse, neglected by our so called parent and staff. However I used my time there was and lifetime experience that could never be forgotten.

  • Ex staff

    Miracle Meadows is the last stop before serious lifetime institutionalization in prisons and psych hospitals. It tries not to take kids who are just brats because it wants to help disturbed kids.

    In that situation things will happen. Three fires have been stated by students. One burnt a barn. One burnt the boy's dorm. One melted ugly black spots into fire proof carpet and smoke stained the walls in the caf. I remember the whole school gathering to pray for the firebug who burnt the dorm. The kid who tried to burn the caf was welcomed back after he did his time.
    Staff take being assaulted as part of the job.

    Gayle was not always a great leader, but she did have a heart to save the kids and no kid didn't deserve a chance. The staff who oversaw discipline were also the ones who were up with kids with nightmares and nursing the sick. They may have been cranky and tired, but if they didn't have a heart for kids they couldn't stay. The pay was too low and the hours too long.

    Kids that were too far gone for anyone else to have any hope for them were welcome at MMS. They found friends there who didn't judge them and let them be themselves. If you were swearing and spitting at a staff member in the morning, you may be playing basketball together in the evening because it was over and you could move on.

    It wasn't perfect by a long shot, but the problem was more too much idealism than a sadistic plan to enslave children.

    • Linda

      I think both of your bottom line points "too much idealism" and "sadistic plan to enslave children" are extremes, which beg the point. The school manual that parents of potential students received did not represent what occurred at Miracle Meadows. We believed the manual, sacrificed our meager means or had to fund raise to get our children into MM thinking that it was a Christian institution that would implant some ideal that our children somehow missed or ignored at home. That did not occur there.

  • Anomomous

    I was also a student at mms and as much as many of the students including my self didn't like it there... That school was quite benificial to me.. Had it not been for ms Clark and the other staff members there I would not be the young woman I am today. They encourage me and gave me the tools I needed to stay strong and to accomplish my goals. I am now closer than ever to my family and I owe all my thanks to ms Clark. I do not believe for one seccond any of these allegations that have been made..

  • Staff

    I believe that she acts in her best interest even though it may be misguided. She was ready to step down and let someone else run the school. I was a student and a staff and while being there as a student wasn't ideal, it kept me out of trouble and encouraged me to get at least a Portion of my life together. Either way many of the children would have ended up in jail without MMS and those that did would tell you MMS was better. Parents take their children to Gayle because they cannot handle them and from experience they most likely returned them to her due to the unruly nature of some of the students.