Louisiana Teacher Speaks Out on Superintendent's Raise & Gets Arrested

Teacher escorted out of building in handcuffs  KATC

In dramatic fashion, a Louisiana middle school teacher was removed from a school board meeting in handcuffs Monday night after she spoke out about teacher pay.

Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school teacher in the Vermilion Parish school system, was videotaped being escorted out of a room and then wrestled into handcuffs by a city marshal on January 8. "I feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have".

After Hargrave, a Rene Rost Middle School teacher, posed another question, the city marshal on duty escorted her out of the meeting. Hargrave yelled as the officer picked her up from the floor and pushed her towards an exit, commanding her to "stop resisting".

Puyau told KATC that the district will not press charges against Hargrave.

"You're gonna leave, or I'm gonna remove you", the officer said to Hargrave, before leading her from the meeting room under the protest of other teachers in attendance. She has since bonded out.

Local reports say Fontana was unfamiliar with the board and its members before the nomination, but his selection was made by Fontana in an effort to split a deadlock vote on approving the raise for Puyau.

She had gone years without a raise, so she wanted to know why the superintendent was getting one.




Teacher Deyshia Hargrave spoke up during public comment and said, "You're making our jobs more hard". The Abbeville Marshals Office have not returned phone calls seeking comment.

"I personally apologize for the Vermilion Parish School Board", she said, adding, "This is a sad day for Vermilion Parish".

Hargrave asked the board when the towering city marshal first approached her.

"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 as people in attendance called the incident "terrible".

On Tuesday morning, Hargrave's Facebook page was filled with supportive comments, some thanking her for taking a stand.

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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