A teacher in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, was escorted out of a school board meeting by a city marshal, handcuffed and arrested after speaking out against a pay raise for the district's superintendent.
Deyshia Hargrave, a teacher in the Vermilion Parish School System, asked questions regarding the board's consideration of a $38,000 raise for the superintendent of the school system.
"A superintendent or any person in leadership getting any type of raise-I feel like it's a slap in the face for the teachers, the cafeteria workers or any other support staff we have". According to the news station, Hargrave asked several questions and board president Anthony Fontana then ruled her out of order, saying that the public comment section was not a question-and-answer period. Then when she was called on again by the board, the marshal stepped up and asked her to leave.
Hargrave reportedly left the meeting, but in the hallway cuffs were placed on her. She could be heard in a video taken of the incident yelling that the officer pushed her to the ground and she was told by the officer to "stop resisting". She has since bonded out. Shortly after, Hargrave was removed from the building in handcuffs.
The board was meeting to discuss a new three-year contract for Superintendent Jerome Puyau.
"She got away from what I believe was the germane issue", he said.
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Teacher Deyshia Hargrave spoke up during public comment and said, "You're making our jobs more hard". City Prosecutor Ike Funderburk told KATC that the School System officials had called him this morning to reiterate that the system wasn't interested in pursuing charges.
Requests for comment from Hargrave and Puyau were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.
Hargrave added that the raise was unwarranted, saying teachers and students have met their performance targets while class sizes have grown.
It is unclear whether the marshal acted on board members' orders or his own accord, according to KATC.
Hargrave was booked into the Abbeville City Jail on Monday evening for the charges of resisting an officer and remaining on premises after being forbidden there, arrest records show.