The Jamie’s House Charter School teacher caught on video beating a 13-year-old student last month apologized publicly this afternoon and offered no excuses.
“I am without excuse for my actions because I know this has been a painful situation and an incident that I truly regret,” Sheri Lynn Davis, 40, said at a news conference at her attorney’s office. “If I could go back again, I would do things much, much differently.”
Davis was fired from the north Harris County charter school this week after a video, shot by a student with a cell phone, aired on a local television news station. The video shows Davis repeatedly slapping Isaiah Reagins, kicking him and slamming his head against a classroom wall.
Reagins’ mom, Alesha Johnson, filed a lawsuit Thursday against Davis and the school.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Davis’ attorney, Chip Lewis, said she has not yet spoken with detectives but is prepared to meet when they are available.
The Texas Education Agency also continued its on-site investigation of Jamie’s House today.
Davis, who has two sons, ages 4 and 14, worked at Jamie’s House for three years. She said she graduated from Texas A&M University and studied health science education. But she was not a certified teacher, according to state records. Davis said Jamie’s House was her first teaching job.
A spokeswoman for Jamie’s House said Davis was popular with the students and never had any complaints against her. The school serves about 100 at-risk middle and high school students.
Isaiah said Thursday that Davis had hit him another time, but he did not provide details.
Lewis declined to elaborate on the teacher’s history with the student.
“There’s a long history with he and the school, and some of that history is related to Sheri,” Lewis said.
Davis had an unrelated criminal mischief charge pending. She is accused of using a knife to slash the tires of another woman’s car in January 2009. She is scheduled to appear in court on that misdemeanor charge next week.