Teacher handcuffed after questioning superintendent's $38000 raise during school meeting

10 January, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • In this Monday Jan. 8 2018 image made from a video provided by KATC-TV middle-school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave is handcuffed by a city marshal after complying with a marshal’s orders to leave a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting in Abbevill

The Constitution prohibits the government from punishing or retaliating against people for expressing their views, and the fact that a schoolteacher was arrested at a public meeting of the school board is especially troubling.

Her comments prompted board president Anthony Fontana to rule Hargrave out of order during the meeting, KATC reported.

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

The Vermilion Parish teacher who made national headlines after she was handcuffed, removed from a school board meeting and booked into jail for asking questions about a big raise for the superintendent will not face criminal charges, according to KATC. A teacher's union lawyer is investigating, and while teachers were at work Tuesday, a School Board member says there is talk of a strike. Hargrave voluntarily left the meeting, but as she stepped out into the hallway, the marshal allegedly pushed her and then placed her in handcuffs.

Ms Hargrave did not appear to be raising her voice during the meeting.

"I am not, you just pushed me to the floor", Hargrave responds.

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After the vote, Hargrave - who was permitted to speak by the board - told them, "How are you taking the raise when you are basically taking from the teachers and the employees under you?"

Ms Hargrave told the board: "you're making our job more difficult" by not addressing valid pay concerns.

"What happened here tonight; the way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish, I have never seen a man removed from this room".

Puyau said Hargrave was not charged with anything and it isn't clear if the marshal was asked to remove her or if he was acting on his own accord.

The National Education Association reported that Louisiana saw the largest decrease in average public school teacher salary between 2014 and 2015, with the average salary for the 2015-2016 school year coming out to approximately $47,000.

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