Teacher Arrested For Asking Why Superintendent Got A Raise

Teacher Arrested For Asking Why Superintendent Got A Raise

Teacher Arrested For Asking Why Superintendent Got A Raise

A Louisiana teacher was handcuffed and arrested during a school board meeting on Monday after questioning a pay raise included in a new contract for a board superintendent when teachers had not received a wage increase in years.

She raised questions about the school board considering a $38,000 raise for the superintendent, saying she felt that giving raises to any person of leadership was a "slap in the face" to all the teachers, according to WGNTV. During the public comments period, Hargrave was asked to stop asking questions, and she obeyed.

After Hargrave, a Rene Rost Middle School teacher, posed another question, the city marshal on duty escorted her out of the meeting.

She was then removed from the meeting by an Abbeville city marshal and handcuffed outside.

"I'm not - you just pushed me to the floor", Hargrave responds as the unnamed officer begins to push her towards the exit.

Superintendent Jerome Puyau told KATC on Monday night that he called to ensure that police knew the school system was not pressing charges against Hargrave, but she was booked anyway, records show.

She is now out on bond. Moments later, Hargrave is seen being taken to the ground, handcuffed, and dragged out of the building by the much larger marshal as fellow teachers looked on in horror.

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After the board approved the raise, Hargrave was again recognized by the board and voiced her frustrations.

Ms Hargrave told the board: "you're making our job more difficult" by not addressing valid pay concerns. The Abbeville Marshals Office have not returned phone calls seeking comment.

As an organization that advocates for the dedicated school employees of Louisiana, we firmly denounce the mistreatment of Ms. Hargrave, a loving parent and dedicated teacher serving the students of Vermilion Parish.

KATC said it was unclear whether the marshal was acting on his own or if the board asked him to remove Hargrave.

"What happened here tonight; the way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish, I have never seen a man removed from this room".

Hargrave has yet to comment on her removal.

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