Teacher at Spring Creek Middle School arrested after physical altercation with students

CORRECTION: The Cache County Sheriff’s Office has issued an update to the charges that have been filed against Mr. Meeker. He has been charged with one count of Second Degree Felony Child Abuse. In their initial release, the Sheriff’s Office indicated he had been charged with one count of First Degree Felony Child Abuse. The story has been updated to reflect the change.

PROVIDENCE – On Wednesday, a teacher at Spring Creek Middle School got into a physical altercation with his students and on Thursday was arrested by the Cache County Sheriffs Office. According to the Cache County School District, the incident involved use of physical force by Scott Meeker with students. The incident was immediately reported by students to administrators and after an initial investigation the teacher was placed on administrative leave. The incident was then referred to local law enforcement who initiated an investigation and have filed formal charges.

The Cache County School District absolutely does not tolerate the use of physical force of any kind by adults with children,” the district said in a prepared statement. “Pending criminal charges and an internal investigation, appropriate actions will be taken in consequence of this incident.”

According to the Cache County Sheriff Office, officers were notified by a local hospital that a student was being treated for an injury sustained in the alleged assault.

“It was determined,” said a statement from the Sheriff’s office, “that the juvenile receiving treatment was one of several victims in the alleged incident from the middle school.”

Thursday morning the Sheriff’s office worked with the school’s resource officers to further their investigation of the incident, interviewing multiple students and school staff to determine what occurred.

“As a result of that investigation,” the Sheriff’s office statement continued, “Scott D. Meeker, age 51, was arrested and booked into jail on the following charges: one count of Second Degree Felony Child Abuse, one count of 3rd degree felony Aggravated Assault and three counts of Class B misdemeanor assault.”

Meeker has been a teacher within the district for 22 years. According to the Spring Creek Middle School staff directory, he was currently serving as a 7th grade science teacher.

Every student should be able to attend school without concern for their safety and well being, and with the knowledge that adults should be their strongest advocates,” the school district statement added. “We appreciate the dedicated teachers and support staff in our district who work to that end.”

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4 Comments

  • EthelMertz April 15, 2021 at 6:42 pm Reply

    I had Mr. Meeker for his first year of teaching at Spring Creek middle school. Even then, he exhibited serious temper problems that resulted in striking a student (over 21 years ago). My younger sibling also had him several years later and during that school year, he again had physical altercations with students, one of which resulted in his classroom being monitored by another adult for a month. Keep in mind, this was all within the first four years of his hire at the school. Now, over two decades later, he sends a student to the hospital.

    Shame on him, but more concerning, shame on the Cache County School District for continuing to employ a known abuser. My anecdotal stories and the awful event today cannot be isolated instances. Their statement about student safety being a priority rings very hollow. I hope these students sue the school district for their negligence.

    Any and all students who were abused by this teacher should contact the Cache County Attorney’s office…especially if you previously also filed a report with the school.

  • mr.nielson April 15, 2021 at 10:53 pm Reply

    I had Mr. Meeker 20 years ago when I first moved up here. While I didn’t see any abuse, he certainly had a temper and I remember he would suddenly snap if there was any chatting in class.

    I know there are more of us that have experienced his behavior in some form. If former students are aware, the school district HAS to have been aware that in some degree. Why are these things allowed to continue?

  • Alean Hunt April 16, 2021 at 12:40 am Reply

    The Superintendent hasn’t changed either. The tolerance for intolerance at this district stops where the big bucks are paid. He needs to go.

  • Deedee April 16, 2021 at 4:24 pm Reply

    I don’t personally know the teacher but I have been in the middle schools around Cache Valley. The students are often provoking teachers. They use foul language, ignore the teachers, throw their garbage on the floor, break school property, and the list goes on. I can understand loosing ones temper, however, he should have stepped outside or found a different job if this is beyond what he can handle. I found a different job, I got tired of the spoiled children whose parents backed them up even if they were completely in the wrong. Lots of good kids and great parents, just not worth the pay for the few difficult ones you have to put up with.

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