Thoreau MS Teacher Charged

News Release
October 11, 2019

Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) issued a press release today announcing they have arrested Thoreau Middle School teacher Matthew Snell, 31, of Maryland. Read the FCPD press release


Parents of Thoreau Middle School students received the following message today:


Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) was made aware of criminal allegations involving a Thoreau Middle School staff member on Thursday evening, October 10. The staff member, Matthew Snell, a Learning Disabilities teacher, was apprehended by police in El Paso, Texas this afternoon. This employee is being terminated from Fairfax County Public Schools.


FCPS is cooperating with police as they investigate this serious matter. This is an ongoing criminal investigation lead by the Fairfax County Police Department with full support provided by FCPS staff as requested and needed.


The primary responsibility for FCPS is always the safety and wellbeing of our students.  We will continue to be diligent in our efforts to provide a safe learning environment and we instruct our students that when they see something to say something to a known adult, including parents and/or school staff. 


Please reinforce that message with your child, as well. When engaging in conversations with your child, remember to listen calmly and reassuringly, and share a message that you are someone your child can talk to, even in challenging situations. 


We plan to have additional counseling and social work staff available at the school.