Houston, United States of America:
Several people in Texas on Monday came out to show support for a mother who was accused of endangering a child after her 13-year-old son was locked in the trunk of her car for a COVID test.
Supporters, including alumni, hung placards and letters of encouragement at the teacher’s home in Jersey Village, Texas, a suburb of Houston.
Sarah Beam, 41, went to Houston’s Prison Stadium last week, where people can get tested without getting out of their cars.
She told the site manager that she was there for her son, who had previously tested positive, and explained that she had put him in the trunk of his car so as not to risk getting himself infected.
The site worker asked to see the teenager and then told him that no test could be done unless he was in the back seat of the vehicle. He then informed the police, who corroborated his story with surveillance cameras.
Last Saturday, Beam was arrested on suspicion of endangering a child. The next day he was released on $1,500 bail.
On Monday, his former students came to his house to defend him, giving messages of support.
One wrote that she was “a real hero without a cape, an asset to the school and a blessing to the students”, while another said she was a “wonderful teacher, a loving mother and an empowered woman.”
Cardboard signs “We stand with you always” and “Don’t judge a book by its cover” hang from the windows of the house.
Beam is currently “on administrative leave,” her school announced.
Court officials are yet to announce when his case will be heard.
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