Teacher questioning administrative pay raises removed from board meeting in handcuffs

10 January, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Teacher questioning administrative pay raises removed from board meeting in handcuffs

A Louisiana teacher was forcibly removed from a school board meeting and arrested after saying that pay raises for leadership on the board was a "slap in the face" to all teachers. It was public comment only, not a question and answer session-although board officials were answering her questions.

Hargrave continues to ask her question when a city marshal approaches her and tells her she needs to leave.

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

She is now out on bond.

Local reports say Fontana was unfamiliar with the board and its members before the nomination, but his selection was made by Fontana in an effort to split a deadlock vote on approving the raise for Puyau.

The superintendent's pay raise would "basically be taking money out our pockets", she said. Moments later, Hargrave is seen being taken to the ground, handcuffed, and dragged out of the building by the much larger marshal as fellow teachers looked on in horror.

Ms Hargrave told the board: "you're making our job more difficult" by not addressing valid pay concerns.

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Fontana, who voted in favor of the final contract, said the board employs a city marshal to provide security during meetings.

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

The station also reported that it is unclear whether the marshal acted on his own volition or was instructed to arrest Hargrave by a school board member.

Hargrave has yet to comment on her removal.

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".

KATC, of Lafayette, had a crew at the meeting and was videotaping it, along with another person who shot video, The Times-Picayune reported.

In an interview Tuesday, Vermilion Parish School Board President Anthony Fontana stated that he supports the deputy marshal's decision to remove the teacher from last night's school board meeting.

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