Teacher handcuffed after questioning superintendent’s pay raise during school board meeting
KAPLAN, La. — A Louisiana teacher who spoke out about a superintendent’s pay raise during a Vermillion Parish school board meeting on Monday was escorted out and handcuffed by a marshal, according to KATC.
Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school language arts teacher, spoke prior to the vote and questioned the school board’s decision to consider a $38,000 raise for Superintendent Jerome Puyau.
“I have a serious issue with a superintendent, or any person of leadership, getting any type of raise,” Hargrave said. “I feel like it’s a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have. We work very hard, with very little, to maintain the salaries 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.
After the board approved the raise, Hargrave was again recognized by the board and voiced her frustrations. According to KATC, at least one school board member ruled her “out of order” at one point during the discussion.
While she was being recognized by the superintendent, an Abbeville city marshal approached her and asked her to leave. Shortly after being escorted out of the meeting, Hargrave was handcuffed by an Abbeville city marshal.
Her removal was noted by a school board member.
“What happened here tonight. The way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish….I have never seen a man removed from this room. Never. I have never seen a man removed from this room.”
It remains unclear whether the marshal was acting on his own accord or on orders of the board members, according to KATC.
The video below shows the full 12-minute interaction during the meeting: