A Houston teacher faces a felony charge for allegedly putting her son in the trunk of her car.
Sarah Beam, a Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District 10th-grade teacher, reportedly told workers at a drive-thru COVID-19 test site that she thought he might have been infected. And having him ride in the trunk was an effort to avoid exposure.
Beam is being charged with child endangerment.
Investigators with the Cypress-Fairbanks Police Department say Beam wasn't worried about her own son's comfort when he possibly came down with the coronavirus
"That's sick. That's terrible. You don't put anybody in a trunk," Scott Weaver, a local parent, said.
Beam told the district's health director at the site that she was trying to keep herself from being exposed to the virus.
That person then had the child taken out of the trunk and called 911.
"I don't sympathize with that at all," Claud Green, another local parent, said. "I wouldn't jeopardize my health for my children. I would have all my children right in front of my car. If I got it, I got it. If I didn't, I didn't. My kids come first."
People in the area said that Beam's behavior was bizarre, especially considering the fact that her career centers around children.
"She's a teacher? I'd rip her licenses from her in five minutes. That's not caring for children," Weaver said.
The Cypress-Fairbanks school district says Beam has been employed in the district since 2011, most recently at the high school.
Beam is currently on leave from her job and wanted by deputies who left her Jersey Village home Friday night without making an arrest.
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