Assault charges dropped against schoolteacher CENTRAL COUNTY -- Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

February 15, 1993

Assault and battery charges against a Millersville Elementary schoolteacher have been dropped after the case was resolved through mediation.

Margaret M. Snyder of Annapolis, a teacher at Millersville Elementary for more than two decades, was charged with assaulting three fourth-grade students in her classroom in March and June.

According to charging documents, the children, in separate incidents, were scratched or fingernail marks were made on their arms, stomachs or chests as the teacher moved them bodily either into line or into chairs.

Mrs. Snyder was scheduled to stand trial on the charges in October in District Court, but the case was instead referred to a state's attorney mediator in November in hopes that a settlement could be reached. The charges were formally dropped about two weeks ago.

"Basically, they all sat down and talked, and the parents consented to the dropping of the charges, and Mrs. Snyder consented to not having her day in court to prove her innocence," said Thomas C. Morrow, Mrs. Snyder's attorney.

Mrs. Snyder also agreed that she would not teach any of the children named in the complaint, a moot point according to her lawyer, because the children are now in another grade.

Mrs. Snyder has been on paid administrative leave since the charges were filed in June. Her case has to be reviewed administratively before she is reinstated, either at Millersville Elementary or another school, said school board spokeswoman Jane Doyle.

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