Teacher questioning superintendent's pay removed from board meeting in handcuffs

Posted January 10, 2018

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. After Hargrave posed several questions, board president Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave out of order, warning her that the public comment section was not for a question-and-answer session.

After Hargrave, a Rene Rost Middle School teacher, posed another question, the city marshal on duty escorted her out of the meeting.

At least one school board member said at the meeting that the treatment Hargrave received was unacceptable, noting that she had "never seen a man removed from this room".

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A language arts teacher in Louisiana was handcuffed just moments after she condemned the school district's superintendent for accepting a raise. But when the board ultimately voted to approve Puyau's new contract with the $38,000 raise, the frustrated teacher stood up again to speak out.

He also added that the marshal who arrested Hargrave is a school officer employed by the school board who was "not acting in any official capacity on behalf of the city of Abbeville".

"It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermillion Parish", Hargrave said.

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"Stop resisting", the officer warns Hargrave as he handcuffs her.

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.

According to the Associated Press, a teacher's union lawyer is now investigating and a School Board member says there are talks of a strike.

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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.