Columbus Middle School teacher Erica Harris was arrested early Monday morning after she “bumped” her estranged husband with the mirror of her car after the two got involved in a verbal disturbance. Columbus Police responded to 2302 Bittersweet Drive shortly after 1 a.m. Monday after Erica and Christopher Harris got into a fight in and in front of Christopher Harris’ apartment. Erica Harris told Columbus Police that she was trying to leave his house when she accidentally hit him with the side view mirror of her sedan. Christopher Harris told police that she intentionally hit him with the car. Physical wounds on Christopher Harris were consistent with his statement to police and Erica Harris was charged with Felony Domestic Violence/Aggravated Assault.
The Columbus Municipal Schools confirmed early Wednesday morning that Harris had been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of their investigation. CMSD Public Information Officer Michael Jackson confirmed that Harris would be paid while on leave.
Friends of Erica Harris said that she had been in several physical altercations with her husband in the past and had finally decided to leave him. The friends claimed that the couple had split up in recent months and were currently living in different homes until the divorce could be finalized. Several sources close to both parties said that Christopher Harris contacted Columbus Police shortly after the incident attempting to drop the charges on his wife. He was informed that the State of Mississippi now has the charges until the case is presented in Columbus Municipal Court on March 7th. Columbus Municipal Court Judges Marc Amos and Nicole Clinkscales are known to dismiss most domestic violence cases in which the victim refuses to testify. If Christopher Harris declines to appear, it is likely the charges will be dropped without a trial.
CMSD officials declined to comment on their investigation into the matter, noting that Harris’ case is considered a personnel matter. A source within the CMSD felt it was safe to assume that Harris would remain on paid administrative leave until the case is decided.0