Houston, TX – The family of the 13-year-old student who was beaten by a teacher at Jamie’s House Charter School on April 29, 2010, filed a lawsuit on Thursday, May 13, 2010, against the school and the teacher, as reported by New York Injury News and The New York Times.
While the beating was heard about previous to the release of a cell phone video that captured the incident, the teacher was not fired from the school until school officials saw the incident, which was posted on YouTube. The family of the eighth grade student claims he suffered a black eye and other bruises.
The video of the incident is almost a minute long and shows the woman slapping, punching and tossing Isaiah Jones around.
The teacher was identified as Shari Lynn Davis.
The school began an investigation into the incident after it was reported on April 30. Officials were not made aware of the video until Monday, May 10. After they saw the beating, they issued a statement that called Davis’ actions “horrifying” and promptly fired her.
It was reported that other teachers in the school saw the beating take place. While those rumors have not been proven true as of yet, an investigation is ongoing.
A press conference is scheduled for Friday, May 14.