Teacher Arrested For Asking Why Superintendent Got A Raise

Teacher Arrested For Asking Why Superintendent Got A Raise

Teacher Arrested For Asking Why Superintendent Got A Raise

Deyshia Hargrave is an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools in Vermilion Parish.

A Louisiana teacher was removed from a school board meeting, forcibly handcuffed and jailed after questioning pay policies during a public comment period. "I feel like it is a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have".

Hargrave later raises her hand and when called on again asks a question about the issue of teacher salaries and pay raises.

The instructor was called upon a moment time for input and, in the wake of offering another conversation starter, the unidentified Abbeville city agent marshal on obligation snatched Hargrave and expelled her from the gathering. Next, she is seen on the hallway floor, being handcuffed behind her back and then escorted from the building. The Abbeville Police Department did not arrest the teacher. The teacher's union and the ACLU are investigating and two board members are complaining that the board treats women unfairly.

She was taken outside by a police officer, handcuffed, and arrested for resisting arrest.

She said that it was unfair that he was being given a performance-based raise when it was the teachers and students who were "doing the work" to meet those goals.

Ike Funderburk, Abbeville's city attorney and prosecutor, said he has reviewed the video and won't be prosecuting her. Hargrave yelled as the officer picked her up from the floor and pushed her towards an exit, commanding her to "stop resisting".

In an interview Tuesday, Vermilion Parish School Board President Anthony Fontana stated that he supports the deputy marshal's decision to remove the teacher from last night's school board meeting.

The Louisiana Association of Educators has a lawyer supporting Hargrave.

Hargrave grabs her purse and leaves as some protest that Superintendent Jerome Puyau had been addressing the teacher even as she she was being forced to leave.

Requests for comment from Hargrave and Puyau were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon. It is every citizen's right to speak up for their beliefs'.

The incident started when Hargrave spoke up during public comments about the superintendent's new contract. The organization says the actions of the officer as 'unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns'.

It is unclear if the marshal was acting on his own accord or on the orders of board members or the superintendent.

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