A Louisiana teacher who spoke out against a superintendent’s new contract was handcuffed and arrested during a school board meeting in an incident caught on video. At the meeting Monday, Deyshia Hargrave brought up the issue of teacher salary and a raise that was included in a new contract for the superintendent, according to members of the Vermilion Parish School Board.
Hargrave is an English language arts teacher at Rene A. Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, according to the school’s website. Board members told NBC News that the meeting was called to vote on whether to approve a new contract for superintendent Jermone Puyau.
The final version of the contract that was approved included a $30,000 raise for Puyau, Board President Anthony Fontana said. “I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise.
I feel like it’s a slap in the face for the teachers, the cafeteria workers or any other support staff we have,” Hargrave is seen saying in the video posted to YouTube. Hargrave later raises her hand and when called on again asks a question about the issue of teacher salaries and pay raises.
A member of the school board interrupts her, saying that her question was not related to the evening’s agenda. Several in the crowd can then be heard saying “yes, it is,” in support of Hargrave. Read more from nbcnews.com…
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