Teacher handcuffed after speaking out about pay at Louisiana school meeting

10 January, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Middle School Teacher Handcuffed Arrested at School Board Meeting

The arrest of a Vermilion Parish middle school teacher after she spoke out against the superintendent Monday night has garnered national attention.

During a public comment period of a school board meeting, middle school language arts teacher Deyshia Hargrave was recognized, and explained, "For a superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like it's a slap in the face for teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have".

Hargrave also expressed frustration that "performance goals" were cited as the reason for the raise when teachers are responsible for helping the school system reach those goals.

The Louisiana Association of Educators has weighed in and said the association's attorney is working with Hargrave on what to do next.

It's unclear if the deputy marshal was acting on his own accord-of if he was called on to have Hargrave removed.

The board was meeting to discuss a new three-year contract for Superintendent Jerome Puyau.

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She tried to make her point to the security guard that she had the floor, and Puyau was giving her an answer. I don't care if the performance targets are met - you're making our jobs even more hard.

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 don't think it needed to come to the extreme that it came to", she said.

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

City prosecutor Ike Funderburk told the news station that school authorities emphasized Tuesday that they were not keen on squeezing charges.

"In response to the numerous requests for the teacher's booking information, the Abbeville Police Department is cooperating as directed by law".

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