BEAUMONT — DEVELOPING NOW: The Beaumont Independent School District and Child Protective Services confirm to KFDM/Fox 4 News they’re investigating an incident captured on Facebook video involving an adult and a child CPS says is her son at Homer Drive Elementary, in which she drags him by his collar, screams obscenities and repeatedly hits him with a belt.
The cell phone video was sent to us by a number of people. We’re not showing it because no criminal charges are filed and because a minor is involved.
The video shows a woman that CPS says is the mother, talking with another adult outside the school and saying “First of all, I have to show I apologize for the way he acts, but I’m going to have to beat his —. I’m going to let you know that right now, because this is not going on. Is he in the lunch room? You stay right here.” The mother is wearing a badge indicating she had checked in at the school.
Someone who is with the woman records the entire incident on a cell phone camera as the woman CPS says is the mother pushes open an unlocked door and walks into the school. She enters the cafeteria without anyone stopping her. She is seen looking for the child, finding him and grabbing him by the shirt collar while pulling him out of the cafeteria. Other adults in the cafeteria take no action to stop her.
She leads him by the shirt collar outside, screams at him and uses obscenities, and hits him with an object that appears to be a belt. The child cries and screams as he’s struck. Other adults are seen watching and doing nothing to stop it. She orders the child to apologize to his teacher.
The mother says if she has to come back to the school again she’ll “break his —— face.” She then turns around, walks away, and says to the adults “have a nice day.”
In a statement to KFDM, the district says “Beaumont ISD administration has been made aware of an incident at Homer Drive Elementary. Administrators contacted the appropriate enforcement agencies and the matter is now under criminal investigation.”
The principal released a statement on her Facebook page that reads: “We do not condone this type of behavior from our parents, teachers and/or scholars. This matter is under investigation.”
CPS tells us the child is 7 years old.
District Attorney Bob Wortham told KFDM/Fox 4 late Thursday that he’s been told by investigators the child has no visible bruises on him. However, Wortham says the BISD PD investigation continues and it’s still not known if the mother will face any charges.