Teacher questioning administrative pay raises removed from board meeting in handcuffs
Jan 10 2018
A Louisiana teacher was handcuffed and arrested during a school board meeting on Monday after questioning a pay raise included in a new contract for a board superintendent when teachers had not received a wage increase in years.
"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise", Hargrave said to the board, according to the video posted by Chris Rosa.
Fontana, the board president, told NBC News that Hargrave had violated meeting policies, by taking up extra time and asking questions during a public comment section.
The superintendent said that the board would not press charges against Hargrave, but records showed that she was booked in jail, KATCreported. After posing another question, an Abbeville city marshal on duty at the meeting escorted Hargrave out of the meeting.
"I'm not - you just pushed me to the floor", a visibly shaken Hargrave responded.
Hargrave also expressed frustration that "performance goals" were cited as the reason for the raise when teachers are responsible for helping the school system reach those goals. She was later released on bond.
According to KATC-TV, Hargrave addressed the school board during the public comments portion of the meeting focused on teacher salaries and pay raises. Shortly after, Hargrave was removed from the building in handcuffs.
Fontana, who voted in favor of the final contract, said the board employs a city marshal to provide security during meetings.
School board member Laurie Leblanc did speak out for Ms Hargrave after the incident, saying: "what happened here tonight, the way that females are treated in Vermillion Parrish.I have never seen a man removed from this room".
Aside from these remarks, our association will honor Ms. Hargrave's wishes and refrain from any additional comments at this time, as the case is ongoing.
As an organization that advocates for the dedicated school employees of Louisiana, we firmly denounce the mistreatment of Ms. Hargrave, a loving parent and dedicated teacher serving the students of Vermilion Parish.