A middle school teacher was arrested and put in city jail after questioning the salary of the district superintendent at a school board meeting Monday night.
Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, asked the superintendent how he justified accepting a salary raise while teachers dealt with increased class sizes with no additional compensation. The question was asked during the public comments section of the meeting, while the board was discussing the superintendent’s new contract.
“Stop right now,” one of the board members interrupted. “That’s not germane to what’s on the agenda right now.”
That comment led to an outburst from those in attendance. “Yes it is!” multiple people claimed in protest.
Hargrave tried to ask her question again, insisting that a discussion of the superintendent’s salary was indeed relevant to an agenda item about his contract. This time, she found herself face-to-face with a deputy marshal after the board president ruled her “out of order.”
The officer ordered her to leave the meeting. When she refused, continuing to try to speak with the school board members, he gave her an ultimatum.
“Either you’re going to leave, or I’m going to remove you,” he threatened.
Hargrave had not yelled, cursed, or done anything except speak during a public comments portion of a meeting, and she was being kicked out. Still, she began to gather her things and make her way down the row toward the exit.
After she left the meeting room, there was still unrest in the meeting as other attendees were disturbed with what they had just witnessed, and wanted Hargrave’s question to be answered.
Before the meeting could get back on track, someone came in and told the attendees that Hargrave had been handcuffed outside the meeting. A person recording the meeting went outside, where they found Hargrave handcuffed and on the ground with the officer restraining her.
“Stop resisting!” the officer ordered as he pushed Hargrave toward the door.
“I am not, you just pushed me to the floor!” Hargrave yelled. “Sir, hold on! I am way smaller than you!”
That’s where the recording ends.
Hargrave was booked into city jail for “remaining after being forbidden” and resisting an officer, according to KATC-TV. The school district does not intend to press charges. A teacher’s union lawyer is now investigating.
(H/T Fox News)