A mother of a seven-year-old boy went viral this week after she was seen entering Homer Drive Elementary School’s cafeteria and dragging her son outside by his shirt.
The unnamed woman then screamed obscenities at the child, forcing him to apologize to an adult, presumably the child’s teacher who expressed to have had behaviors problems with the child. The woman began spanking the child several times with what appeared to be a belt and threatening to “break your f**king face,” as someone records the incident.
Now, an associate judge has signed the order allowing the removal of the child in the video, as well as his four siblings, ranging from age 1 to 12, after CPS viewed the viral video. The chief prosecutor in the family law division of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Randi A. King, said a hearing in one of the two family law courts will take place either November 19 or November 21 for further disposition. CPS spokeswoman, Shari Pulliam, confirmed the removal of the children for safety. Two were reportedly at school when the removal took place.
During the incident, no one intervened while the child was being physically and verbally abused, and Beaumont ISD spokeswoman Hannah LeTulle said in an emailed statement Thursday, “We are in the process of evaluating this incident to determine the next steps in consequences for the behaviors exhibited. We cannot provide personnel information due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation.”
Homer Drive Elementary principal Dr. Belinda Richardson-George posted on Facebook Wednesday night, “We do not condone this type of behavior from our parents, teachers, and/or scholars. This matter is under investigation.” The state will hold a hearing in two weeks to decide whether the mother should regain custody of her children.
According to 12 News Now, a status hearing will be held to allow the children’s parents a chance to make their case in court, if the children are removed.