Madison City Schools released a statement following the arrest of a former school aide on May 6, 2019. The statement reads:
Madison City Schools Superintendent Robby Parker was made aware today of the arrest of Theron Benjamin Rice by the Madison Police Department.
Superintendent Parker confirmed that Rice was previously assigned to work as an aide at Madison City Schools through a contract with a staffing agency, but he clarified that Rice has not worked at any Madison City school since October 2018.
Superintendent Parker declined to specifically address the allegations against Rice in light of the sensitive nature of the investigation being conducted by local law enforcement. Madison City Schools is also conducting a thorough review.
Superintendent Parker reiterated to the school community that the safety and security of students remains the highest priority of Madison City Schools and that he will continue to work closely with administrators, school resource officers, and local law enforcement to maintain a safe learning environment for students.