"I want change to come from this," Deyshia Hargrave
In a school board meeting gone horribly wrong, a Louisiana school- teacher was forcibly removed from a school board hearing and handcuffed violently by a sergeant on Monday.
The horrific incident took place in Vermilion Parish School District, St, Abbeville, Louisiana and in a video now gone viral, the victim Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school English teacher, is seen getting handcuffed and dragged out of the meeting by a town marshal. The man has been identified as Reggie Hilts. The incident happened on Monday night after she stood up to voice her distress regarding a contract that would give a raise to the district’s top administrator.
During the public comments period, Hargrave was asked to shush up by school board officials. Reluctantly, she obeyed the order. Later again, when she asked another question, the marshal asked her to leave.
To her shock, when Hargrave left the room and reached the hallway, the marshall pushed her to the ground and handcuffed her. Court documents suggest she spent several hours in police custody before paying a bond to be released.
#DeyshiaHargrave - As a teacher, I feel for her. As a woman, I feel for her. A takeaway here is that this foregrounds the fear the financially-bloated top must be feeling when called out in public by the underpaid servants of education.— Saudade70 (@saudade70) 9 January 2018
“What are you doing, can you explain!” Hargrave shrieked as the officer picked her up from the floor and handcuffed her, dragging her towards the exit and commanding her to 'stop resisting'.
"I am not, you just pushed me to the floor!" Hargrave yelled back.
Watch the video and decide for yourself who's the wrongdoer here:
School superintendent Jerome Puyau, whose potential pay raise was the bone of contention between Hargrave and the board members, responded to the controversy by clarifying that no charges were filed by him or the board against Hargrave.
"It is time that we brought to the board a salary that's commensurate with what superintendents are making," Puyau said, as reported by CBS news.
As reported by New York Times, since 2012, Puyau has been making $110,000 per year, according to two board members. With the new contract that was approved, he could earn $38,000 more. In 2016, the average Louisiana teacher's salary was around $49,000—a clear demarcation between the salaries earned by teachers and the school
Two board members also commented about how the new contract for Puyau give him the opportunity to earn more while the board hasn't raised teacher salaries once in more than a decade.
Hargrave was booked with the charge of 'remaining after being forbidden' and 'resisting an officer', according to Ike Funderburk, Abbeville’s city attorney, and prosecutor.
Interestingly, both charges can be levied by a marshal and do not require the school board’s involvement. But Ike as well as the lawyer for the school board, Mr. Funderburk decided not to pursue the charges, as reported by New York Times.
Post the incident, the school board members have also been getting death threats from all across the world. According to CBS news, the threats have come from as far away as South America, Australia, and England, as well as other U.S. states, Vermilion Parish School Board President Anthony Fontana told The Advertiser newspaper on Tuesday.
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