Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Have You Seen This? Teacher Arrested for Challenging Superintendent Raise

Update: when it makes national news, then it matters.  The Vermillion Parish School district superintendent cries on-camera.

Just when you think you've seen it all.

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave, in the Vermillion Parish School System in Abbeville, Louisiana, was asking questions at a school board meeting about why the superintendent was getting a raise when teachers hadn't received one in six years.   (The raise was predicated on the superintendent meeting certain goals.)
She was asking questions - not sure if they were rhetorical or not, that certainly happens at SPS board meetings - and some board members were answering them (even as one said she was out of order).  When she was called on for second comment and posed another question, the Abbeville city marshall (I believe that's a school resource officer) came to escort her out.  She was surprised but left on her own steam.

However, whent hat marshall got her to the hall, he wrestled the astonished teacher to the floor and  and put her in handcuffs.  The Abbeville PD says they did not arrest her.

The district did not ask for her to be charged; it is unclear if the marshall did this on his own accord or had been signaled to do so.

Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools, addressed the board during the public comments portion of the meeting to discuss teacher salaries and pay raises.  After Hargrave posed several questions, board president Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave out of order, warning her that the public comment section was not for a question-and-answer session.

If you watch the video, Hargrave is calm and non-aggressive.  She left the room when asked to.  

What's interesting is one board member - a woman - says, "Why is it always women treated like this?"  The men around her demur but she continues, "I've never seen a man taken out like that."


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Melissa Westbrook said...

I found those comments confusing and not really on-topic.