Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

See teacher handcuffed after protesting superintendent's raise

See teacher handcuffed after protesting superintendent's raise

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.

Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools, addressed the board during the public comments portion of the meeting to discuss teacher salaries and pay raises. "I feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have".

She was called on twice during the public comments section of the meeting and was told it was not a time for Ms Hargrave's several questions regarding teachers' salaries.

The superintendent said that the board would not press charges against Hargrave, but records showed that she was booked in jail, KATC reported. Hargrave yelled as the officer picked her up from the floor and pushed her towards an exit, commanding her to "stop resisting". Hargrave was arrested for resisting an officer and remaining after being forbidden, but the school system is not pressing charges, KATC reported.

She is now out on bond.

"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise", she said.

At the meeting, the board approved a new three-year contract for the superintendent that includes a $38,000 raise based on performance.

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Teacher Deyshia Hargrave spoke up during public comment and said, "You're making our jobs more hard".

It was then that the skirmished happened, in what appeared to be a hallway, while the cameras rolled.

Fontana, who voted in favor of the final contract, said the board employs a city marshal to provide security during meetings.

It was not immediately clear if board members asked the city marshal to handcuff Hargrave, according to the report.

The teacher was still jailed and later released on bond. The school district and other authorities have not commented about her arrest since Monday night.

Global News reached out to the Abbeville Marshal's Office, but no one was unavailable for comment.

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