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Investigations into child welfare risk – teacher drives with son in the trunk to the corona test

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She feared that her 13-year-old son had Corona. Because she didn’t want to get infected under any circumstances, a teacher in the USA chose an unusual mode of transport. Now they are being investigated.

In the United States, the case of a mother who put her 13-year-old son in the trunk of her car for a corona test is causing discussion. The 41-year-old teacher Sarah Beam drove to a drive-in corona test center in Houston last week. She told the workers there that her son should be tested, and since the coronavirus had already been detected in him, she packed him in the trunk so as not to infect herself.

A staff member at the testing center told the mother she wanted to see the boy and that a test could not be done until he was in the back seat of the car. The mother had to unlock the not only closed, but also locked trunk. The clerk also called the police.

Last Saturday, Beam was finally arrested for endangering the welfare of the child. She was released the next day on bail of $ 1,500. Beam’s school said the teacher is currently on leave. It has not yet been determined when her case will be heard.

Sarah Beam teaches English at a high school, and in 2017 she was reportedly recognized as a dedicated Spotlight teacher. Her father is a well-known right-wing extremist who was active in the Ku Klux clan, among other things. He was accused of abducting his two-year-old daughter from an apartment in Dallas in 1982.

On Monday, some Sarah Beam supporters, including former high school students, gathered outside her home in Jersey Village, a suburb of Houston, Texas. The demonstrators left messages of support on the house in which they praised the accused as a “great teacher, loving mother”. The messages “We are always by your side” and “Don’t judge a book by its cover” were on banners on the windows of the house.

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