Video footage shows a Louisiana teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, being handcuffed, shoved, and arrested after she questioned why a raise was given to the school’s superintendent when teachers had not seen a pay increase for years.
The Washington Post is reporting that Hargrave, who is an English language-arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle School, “questioned board members on why they were planning to vote to give Superintendent Jerome Puyau a raise when teachers had not had a pay increase in years.”
A film crew from KATC-TV caught the shocking incident on camera.
When Hargrave addressed the board members, she voiced her frustrations about why she didn’t feel the superintendent should be getting a raise, saying,“We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have. And as I’ve been teaching the last few years I’ve seen class sizes grow enormously. . . . It’s a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish.”
School Board President Anthony Fontana ruled that Hargrave’s comments were out of order and said she could not expect answers to her questions during the public comment period. Hargrave sat down and the meeting continued.
After Hargrave was called on a second time, she once again asked why the salary of the superintendent was increasing while teacher’s salaries remained stagnant.
A security officer from the marshal’s office asked Hargrave to leave the meeting. She left the room and when she was in the hall, the officers shoved her, handcuffed her on the floor of the hallway, and arrested her. KATC reports she was booked into the city jail on charges of resisting an officer. After her bond was paid, she was free to leave.
No charges will be filed against a Vermilion Parish teacher who was arrested at a school board meeting last night.
Ike Funderburk, Abbeville’s city attorney and prosecutor, said he has reviewed the video and won’t be prosecuting her.
“I have reviewed the video and I am not going to approve any charges against the teacher,” Funderburk said. “I talked with the attorney for the school board, and they do not wish to pursue any charges against the teacher.”