Sarah Beam, the Texas mom and high school teacher who is charged with child endangerment for allegedly putting her Covid-positive son in the trunk of her car, is being embraced by her community.
Students, neighbors and wellwishers are rallying support for Beam, 41, who was arrested in the Houston area over the weekend.
While authorities have said that Beam risked her son’s life, members of the community are standing by the embattled teacher, and have reportedly set up signs showing their support at her home.
Beam has been placed on administrative leave from her position with the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District.
Teacher Arrested for Child Endangerment
She was charged with endangering a child. Her son, 13, was not injured during the incident, though authorities have noted that he was not wearing a seatbelt and could have died if she had gotten into an accident while he was riding in the back.
A school district employee told local station KHOU that Beam informed staff at the testing center that her son was in the trunk because she didn’t want to risk being exposed to the virus while riding in the car with her child. After confirming that the boy was actually in there, the staffer reportedly refused to administer a test until her son moved to the back seat of the car, and later called the police to report the incident.
“[Cypress Fairbanks Police Department] was alerted that a child was in the trunk of a car at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site earlier this week,” the district said last week in a statement to Fox News. “Law enforcement conducted a full investigation, resulting in a warrant for arrest.”
She was booked into a Houston area jail over the weekend and later released on $1,500 bond. The teacher is due back in court for her arraignment on Thursday, reports indicate.
After her arrest, Beam was suspended from her position at Cypress Falls High School.
Community Supports Sarah Beam
When news of Beam’s arrest went viral early this week, many in the community rallied to support her. At her home, reporters spotted handmade signs and other shows of support on Tuesday.
“Best teacher ever,” read one sign, while another called Beam a “teacher with a heart of gold.” One poster assured the embattled educator that her students and school community “appreciate” her.
“Mrs. Beam, your students have your back,” reads one sign. “We love you!”
Another detailed the way the English teacher helped students get accepted into college.
Students and wellwishers also appear to have placed letters of support on Beam’s door. One letter read: “To whom it may concern, the people who know Ms. Beam know the intentions in her heart and value her work and dedication in everything she does. I hope all these misunderstandings go away soon, and the truth comes out.”
Beam has worked in the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School district since 2011, according to local reports. It’s not clear if district administrators plan to reinstate her when her case is adjudicated.
If convicted of the child endangerment charge — a felony in the second degree under Texas state law — she could face a minimum prison sentence of two years, as well as up to $10,000 in fines, according to legal sources.