A Louisiana teacher was lead from a Vermilion Parish school board meeting in handcuffs on Monday night after she had the audacity to ask board members about the superintendent’s new three-year contract. During the public comment portion of the meeting, Deyshia Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools in Kaplan, Louisiana objected to the raise on the basis that teachers had not been given one in years. According to KATC News:
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. Hargrave was called upon a second time for comment. After posing another question, an Abbeville city marshal on duty at the meeting grabbed Hargrave and removed her from the meeting. Handcuffs were later placed on Hargrave as she was removed from the building.
A video of the incident shows Hargrave voluntarily leaving the meeting but when she got into the hallway the deputy pushed her to the floor and handcuffed. Other attendees of the school board meeting were absolutely appalled by the way the female teacher was treated. One attendee accused the school board of misogyny, saying they’d never had a male removed from the room before.
The superintendent, Jerome Puyau, told KATC that the school board will not press charges on the meeting, but no word on whether or not he will forgo the raise so that his teachers can get one instead.