Teacher charged in beating of boy, 13, caught on video

A teacher and three other educators at a Houston charter school were charged Monday in connection with the videotaped beating of a boy who was attending the school.

Teacher Sheri Lynn Davis, 40, was charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony, and could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine if convicted, said Harris County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Donna Hawkins.

A cell phone video recorded by another student shows Davis pummeling Isaiah Reagins, 13, in class April 29. She was fired the following week from Jamie’s House Charter School.

Three school employees were charged with failure to report child abuse, a misdemeanor, Hawkins said. They face up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine if convicted.

Reagins suffered a black eye and other bruises in the attack. His mother, Alesha Johnson, sued Davis and the school.

Davis has apologized for the beating, saying she was “without excuse” for the attack. She has also met with the student’s mother and apologized. On Monday, Lisa Andrews, an attorney for Davis, said the full story will come out in court.


Voters back ban on hiring, renting to illegal immigrants

Preliminary results show many voters in this eastern Nebraska city support a ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants.

With about 50 percent of votes counted, about 59 percent of residents were supporting the measure in Monday’s special election. Full results were not expected until later in the night.

Freemont has watched as its Hispanic population surged in the past 20 years, largely due to the jobs available at two nearby meatpacking plants.

Supporters said the measure is needed to make up for what they see as lax federal law enforcement. Critics said it could fuel discrimination.