A Louisiana middle school teacher was removed from a Vermillion Parish school board meeting in handcuffs Monday evening after she questioned why the school district superintendent was receiving a $38,000 raise when rank-and-file teachers and support staff haven't gotten a pay raise in years. During the public comments period, Hargrave was asked to stop asking questions, and she obeyed.
Before the vote, Ms. Hargrave spoke when one of the officials at the board meeting invited comments from the audience.
Teacher Deyshia Hargrave being approached by an officer at a school board meeting in Vermillion, Louisiana.
"We are doing the work, the students are doing the work", Ms. Hargrave continued. 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.
"How are you taking the raise when you're basically taking from teachers and employees under you?" she asked.
When the officer told her to "stop resisting", she responded: "I am not, you just pushed me to the floor.I am way smaller than you". Puyau told media in southwest Louisiana that the school system would not seek to have Hargrave prosecuted. After posing another question, an Abbeville city marshal on duty at the meeting grabbed Hargrave and removed her from the meeting.
Records indicate Deyshia Hargrave was booked into the city jail with remaining after being forbidden and resisting an officer. She was later removed in handcuffs. The Abbeville Police Department did not arrest the teacher.
The Louisiana Association of Educators has weighed in and said the association's attorney is working with Hargrave on what to do next.
Moments later, Hargrave is seen being taken to the ground, handcuffed, and dragged out of the building by the much larger marshal as fellow teachers looked on in horror. It is every citizen's right to speak up for their beliefs'.
'It was comments for the superintendent, ' Hargrave continues. The organization says the actions of the officer as 'unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns'.
The station also reported that it is unclear whether the marshal acted on his own volition or was instructed to arrest Hargrave by a school board member.