We are far too used to stories of man’s inhumanity to man – especially as the COVID lockdowns and mandates continue – but even in these trying times I’m still shocked by the level of human depravity exhibited by otherwise rational and compassionate people.
Such is the terrible, manipulative and coercive nature of fear.
On January 3, 2022, Sarah Hadassah Beam, a 41-year-old English teacher with the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, locked her 13-year-old son in the trunk of her car because he tested positive for COVID and Sarah was terrified he would pass it on to her.
Beam says she was taking her child for more testing at a rapid testing facility and wanted to avoid further exposure to her son, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Bevin Gordon, the health services director at the site, told Beam her son would not be tested until he was removed from the trunk and was seated in the back seat of the vehicle. Gordon then called the police to report the abuse.
“Witness stated that when she requested to see the child (K.H.), defendant had to unlatch the trunk of the vehicle in which the child was lying down inside the trunk,” Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District police wrote in a criminal complaint.
Sarah Beam was originally charged with child endangerment, but Judge Chris Morton dismissed those charges after finding there was no probable cause to support the charges.
Her humanity, her God-given motherly instinct to protect her child, was sacrificed on the altar of the COVID god without a single thought to the psychological damage she inflicted on her child.
“I have never heard of somebody being put in a trunk because they tested positive for anything,” said Sergeant Richard Standifer of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“In the event that the vehicle is in a crash, there’s no way to really secure a person in a trunk. Most of your vehicles are constructed with crumple zones in the front and rear of the vehicle, so if the individuals in the rear of the vehicle and they’re involved in a crash, they’re probably at greater risk of being injured because they’re designed to absorb energy in the front and the rear.”
Judge Morton ruled the 13-year-old boy was not in imminent danger as his reason for finding no probable case, common sense and human decency says you don’t lock children in the trunk of your car for any reason.