Teacher Arrested After Inquiring About Superintendent’s Pay Raise

A teacher has been arrested after questioning the pay raise of her school district’s superintendent.

The woman, identified as Deyshia Hargrave, is an English instructor at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, La. The incident occurred at the Vermillion Parish, La. school board meeting Monday night.

In a video posted on YouTube, Hargrave is seen questioning superintendent Jerome Puyau’s pay increase during the meeting.

“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 to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have,” Hargrave told the board in the video.

School board president Anthony Fontana silenced Hargrave, saying her concerns weren’t relative to the board’s agenda for that night. Hargrave was then approached by an officer, who asked her to leave. The YouTube video shows Hargrave obeying the male officer, but once off camera, she can be heard screaming.

In video obtained by Shreveport, La. station KTBS taken the night of the incident, Hargrave is seen outside the board meeting being placed in handcuffs on the hallway ground. As she is escorted, still cuffed, out the door, she can be heard asking the officer, “Why are you pulling me?”

The disturbing video of Hargrave’s arrest attracted the attention of national media, and reaction to it was swift. One teacher who retired last spring from the same school district where the incident occurred told the Huffington Post that the arrest was “absolutely ridiculous.”

The school district said it was not pressing charges against Hargrave, though she was booked into the local city jail.

On Tuesday, Vermillion Parish board president Fontana told local television station KATC he thinks the incident with Hargrave was a “set up.”

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