See Teacher Get Handcuffed After Criticizing School Superintendent's Raise

Frederick Owens
January 10, 2018

A chaotic scene broke out at a Louisiana school board meeting after a teacher was arrested, apparently for questioning why the board's superintendent was being given a $38,000 pay raise. He is heard saying to her that he had given her orders to leave, and Ms. Hargrave, standing in the dark against a vehicle, replied, saying she was "walking and asking you a question".

Ms Hargrave appeared to leave the meeting willingly after the officer approached her and asked her to do so, but in the hallway video showed that she was on the ground being handcuffed and asking "what are you doing?" repeatedly.

At one point the educator tells the board that it was a "slap in the face" for the school superintendent to be handed a new contract that entitles him to performance-based pay rises, while declining to follow suit with teachers and other school based workers. "We work very hard, with very little, to maintain the salaries we have". He told her to "stop resisting", to which she replied, "I am not, you just pushed me to the floor". 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.

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.

After Hargrave was removed, the board ultimately voted to approve Puyau's new contract. In a longer video posted on YouTube by a reporter for the Abbeville Meridional, the officer is heard telling Hargrave outside the building that he had given her "many lawful orders to leave". She and others were in attendance at a school board meeting at the time of the incident, reports KATC.

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

'Sir, do not, ' she says as he touches her. The Abbeville Police Department did not arrest the teacher.

"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. It is every citizen's right to speak up for their beliefs'.

Hargrave has yet to comment on her removal.

It's misty if the marshal got orders from board individuals or in the event that he was following up on his own.

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