News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, August 4, 2010
HEPHZIBAH, Ga.---School will be starting again soon at Hephzibah Elementary, and Kristi Davis is getting her classroom ready. She was also ready back in May when something happened after school. Two of her students were about to get into a car with someone she didn't know.
"I mean, she wasn't on the list," Kristi remembers. "I have been in those children's lives for 4 years, depending on when I taught the child, and I've never seen her before."
It was the children's mother, who was in a disagreement with their father. And she was not on the school's list to pick them up.
"And we were struggling with each other, and she successfully got one child in, and she went to slam the door, and I had to put my arm in the way, 'cause I didn't want that door to slam," Kristi says.
When the mother took the child and jumped in the other side of the car, Kristi jumped in the back seat with them. And they drove off.
"Well, the woman in the front driver's seat asked me to get out of her car, and I told her no. She slowed down a little bit, and I told her no. She told me I was going to Columbia with her, and I said, 'Alrighty then'."
Fortunately, her ride ended when Richmond County deputies stopped the car. But Kristi still wasn't taking any chances.
"I wasn't gettin' out unless the children got out," she says. "And that what I told them. They made all of us get out of the car and did what they had to do to investigate what happened."
When it was all over, news of what Kristy did reached the office of Dr. Dana Bedden, the school superintendent at the time. Dr. Bedden said it was a good reminder for parents to make sure schools have the right names on file. And it serves to remind us all of what a good teacher will do.
"I just did my job. I did what I would want done if I had my children in a school system. So, you have to take responsibility and make sure your kids are safe."
I told Kristi, "Well, I think parents everywhere would just want me to tell you thank you for doing what you did."
"Thank you," Kristi replied with a smile.
Now, Kristi Davis waits for her classroom to fill up again. It will be full of first graders who will have no idea what lengths their young teacher will go to to keep them safe.
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