Louisiana teacher arrested after questioning pay raises at school board meeting

by Garry Watts January 10, 2018, 0:29
Louisiana teacher arrested after questioning pay raises at school board meeting

A chaotic scene broke out at a Louisiana school board meeting after a teacher was arrested, apparently for questioning why the board's superintendent was being given a $38,000 pay raise.

"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", Ms Hargrave noted.

Hargrave received a warning from the board that it was public comment only, not a question and answer session, according to KATC.

The teacher was called upon a second time for comment and, after posing another question, the unidentified Abbeville city marshal on duty grabbed Hargrave and removed her from the meeting. Hargrave voluntarily left the meeting, but as she stepped out into the hallway, the marshal allegedly pushed her and then placed her in handcuffs.

"I am not, you just pushed me to the floor", Hargrave responds.

The district will not press any charges against Hargrave, Puyau told the station.

The superintendent's pay raise would "basically be taking money out our pockets", she said. "We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have".

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According to KATC-TV, Hargrave addressed the school board during the public comments portion of the meeting focused on teacher salaries and pay raises.

"I personally apologize for the Vermilion Parish School Board", she said, adding, "This is a sad day for Vermilion Parish".

The teacher was booked into jail last night, even though the superintendent told KATC shortly after the meeting that he had called to inform police that the system didn't want any charges pressed.

"You're gonna leave, or I'm gonna remove you", the officer said to Hargrave, before leading her from the meeting room under the protest of other teachers in attendance.

She yells, "What are you doing?"

A KATC reporter then recorded the marshal putting Hargrave into handcuffs and escorting her from the building.

Requests for comment from Hargrave and Puyau were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.


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