Cypress Falls HS teacher accused of keeping son in trunk at COVID test site to avoid exposure by him

ByPooja Lodhia and Briana Connor KTRK logo
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Teacher kept son in trunk to avoid COVID exposure, investigators say
Cy-Fair ISD identified the teacher as Sarah Beam, seen here in a school promotional video. She is accused of keeping the teen in her trunk at a COVID test site.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Cy-Fair ISD teacher is accused of locking her 13-year-old son in the trunk of her moving vehicle this week at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site because she didn't want to be exposed to him, charging documents state.

The school district confirmed Friday that the teacher, 41-year-old Sarah Beam, had a warrant issued for her arrest. She has been an employee with Cy-Fair ISD since 2011, most recently teaching at Cypress Falls High School.

Deputies with the Precinct One Constable's Office attempted to arrest Beam at her home in Jersey Village Friday night. The constable's office declined to say why deputies left Beam's house without taking anyone into custody.

Beam's court documents state her charge as felony endangering a child.

According to the documents, Beam had driven to the Pridgeon Stadium testing site on Monday, Jan. 3, when the Cy-Fair ISD director of health services, who was working the drive-thru, saw Beam's vehicle with the teen in the trunk. Beam was said to have acknowledged to the director that her son was in the trunk due to him having been tested positive for the coronavirus.

The documents state Beam kept him there to prevent her from getting exposed while driving her child to the stadium for additional testing.

"That's sick. That's terrible. You don't put anybody in a trunk," said Scott Weaver.

Investigators went on to state that the health worker asked Beam to see the child. Beam unlatched the trunk, and he was lying down inside, without any safety restraints. The worker then told Beam no testing would be done until the child moved into the back seat of the vehicle.

"I don't sympathize with that at all," said Claud Green, a father. "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."

Cy-Fair ISD police were then called to the test site. Surveillance video shows the child got out of the trunk and moved to the back seat.

CFISD said law enforcement conducted a full investigation, resulting in a warrant for Beam's arrest. The district added that the child was not harmed.

Beam is currently on administrative leave.

"She's a teacher? I'd rip her license from her in five minutes," Weaver said. "That's not caring for children."

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