Teacher handcuffed at school board meeting after bringing up salary

Teacher handcuffed at school board meeting after bringing up salary

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.

A Louisiana teacher was handcuffed and escorted out of a school board meeting after she questioned the superintendent's $38,000 raise, according to KATC. Deyshia 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.

A city marshal on duty at the meeting approached her as she continued to speak and directed her to leave the room.

"I'm not - you just pushed me to the floor", a visibly shaken Hargrave responded. According to KATC, at least one school board member ruled her "out of order" at one point during the discussion.

Hargrave was arrested for resisting an officer and remaining after being forbidden, but the school system is not pressing charges, KATC reported.

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

Requests for comment from Hargrave and Puyau were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

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

"His job is to make sure that we have orderly board meetings, he knows what our policy is and he knows how to handle it", he said.

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

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.

Hargrave bonded out of jail, The Associated Press reported.

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