By Steve Dellar  |  01-10-2018   News
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A Louisiana teacher who dared to call into question the integrity of a school board that was ready to allow a hefty salary increase for a superintendent but not for the teachers was arrested during a public meeting yesterday and escorted out in handcuffs.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A Louisiana teacher was ruled “out of order” after telling her local school board it was “slap in the face to the teachers…” that the superintendent was getting a raise - that teacher was then strong armed by a marshal &amp; led away in handcuffs <a href="https://t.co/jcaKX4omHA">https://t.co/jcaKX4omHA</a> <a href="https://t.co/CCQkPl7hrf">pic.twitter.com/CCQkPl7hrf</a></p>&mdash; David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidBegnaud/status/950615449171095552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ms Deyshia Hargrave, an English languages arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools in Kaplan dared to confront the school board members during the public comments section of the open meeting and asked whether it would be possible to give the teachers a raise and not just the superintendent. A situation which she, and many more in the public found to be unfair.

“I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise.”

“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.”

The board did not agree to her question and said it was only open to comments and not questions. At that moment, a security officer from the Parish Marshal’s Office was called upon who told Ms Hardgrave that she would be arrested. He then called in city police and the woman was, to the surprise of many, put in a patrol unit in handcuffs.

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Mr Fontana, the board president, explained to reporters that Ms Hargrave had violated meeting policies by taking up extra time and asking questions in a public comment session. He also stated that the board employs a city marshal to provide security during meetings.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Update: a city attorney in Louisiana says he will NOT prosecute the teacher. On top of that, the president of the Vermilion parish school board says he believes the incident was a &quot;setup&quot; <a href="https://t.co/Emz6CJU0eS">https://t.co/Emz6CJU0eS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/KATCTV3?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KATCTV3</a></p>&mdash; David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidBegnaud/status/950901769898471425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Source:

http://wgno.com/2018/01/09/no-charges-for-vermilion-parish-teacher-who-was-handcuffed-removed-from-board-meeting/

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Anonymous No. 15712 1515602525

I wonder if she got unruly during the meeting cause if not all I see is unlawful arrest. What laws were broken in order to place her under arrest?? I didn't know one could be detained due to asking questions? Kinda shocked I haven't been arrested as I question everything. LOL

Anonymous No. 15727 1515614056

I suspect a major salary adjust will be coming shortly. OR a Lawyer and her will retire early in life.

Anonymous No. 15736 1515615973

I suspect she will get a lawyer soon

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