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

Marie Harrington
January 10, 2018

A Louisiana middle school language arts teacher who spoke out about a superintendent's pay raise at a school board meeting was handcuffed by an Abbeville city marshal after being escorted out of the session, WWL reported.

"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise", Hargrave was seen saying in a YouTube video.

She was called on twice during the public comments section of the meeting and was told it was not a time for Ms Hargrave's several questions regarding teachers' salaries.

As Puyau began to to directly address Hargrave, the city marshal officer asked her to leave. In the hallway, the marshal placed handcuffs on Hargrave and can be heard on a video telling the teacher to "stop resisting".

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave spoke up during public comment and said, "You're making our jobs more hard".

Hargrave reportedly told district Superintendent Jerome Puyau that it was a "slap in the face" that he was receiving a raise.

The Abbeville town marshal's office, which made the arrest, the superintendent's office and the school board president all declined further comment on the incident.

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"You're making our jobs more hard", she said.

Board member Laura LeBeouf, who voted against the contract, said she was "very appalled" by the incident.

LeBeouf added that Hargrave is "a great teacher, a great individual".

After the board approved the raise, Hargrave was again recognized by the board and voiced her frustrations.

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.

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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