Sherri Davis, the teacher at Jamie’s House Charter School who was caught on cell phone video beating a student, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the incident. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos with her attorney, Lisa Anders, at her side, Ms. Davis said there was no excuse for actions, but said there was “so much more to what is going on.” The video of the interview appears at the bottom of this article. Background on this story can be found at and Teacher beats student and gets fired, arrested, and sued and Teacher apologizes for beating student – Sherri Davis press conference and video.
Ms. Davis said the day had been “utter chaos.” Just moments before the incident where she beat student Isaiah Reagan on video, she had to break up a fight in the hallway between a 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl. She said that people there are not protecting the students or the staff at the school.
Ms. Davis said that while her adrenaline was still building from stopping the student fight in the hallway, she heard the door to the classroom slam shut and the door lock. A white girl who was a special needs student who had just enrolled in the school was in the room, surrounded by mostly African-American male students who were “mimicking her.” Isaiah Reagins, who she says has assaulted teachers and other students, “was bouncing around in a threatening, bullying position.”
Ms. Davis said she that she should not have been put in the “position of being the protector of a child that was in immediate danger.” She said that as the incident on video occurred, “Somebody should have stepped in because I had lost my emotion.”
Her attorney clarified that Ms. Davis was not trying to hurt the child, but only to get his attention. Ms. Davis described the students as “kids with criminal records,” and said the teachers need more training so that situations like this do not happen.
Ms. Davis said she apologized to the student’s mother, and told her that she had allowed her emotions to overtake her. Ms. Davis said she hoped this incident would lead to Isaiah’s mother getting more active in his life, because “Isaiah has bounced around from house to house and from place to place, and his mother hasn’t been involved in his life concerning his education or disciplinary actions.”
Her attorney said that they do not yet know whether the sheriff’s department is going to file charges against Ms. Davis, who was “Teacher of the Year” for two of the three years she had worked at the school.
For more on this article or to see the video of the teacher assaulting the student, see the following articles. The video of the interview with George Stephanopoulos appears below.
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