Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Teacher Arrested For Asking Why Superintendent Got A Raise

Teacher Arrested For Asking Why Superintendent Got A Raise

A Vermilion Parish middle school teacher was removed from a special school board meeting on Monday night in handcuffs, according to a report.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English languages arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools in Kaplan, confronted school board members during the public comments section of the meeting and was escorted out the second time she approached the podium - resulting in a scuffle in the hallway. Board President Anthony Fontana ruled that she was out of order and warned her that she could not ask questions during that portion of the meeting.

Hargrave later raises her hand and when called on again asks a question about the issue of teacher salaries and pay raises.

Puyau said Hargrave was not charged with anything and it isn't clear if the marshal was asked to remove her or if he was acting on his own accord. Superintendent Jerome Puyau, who is the beneficiary of the $38,000 raise, told local reporters that the school board was not pressing charges against Hargrave.

She is now out on bond.

Board members complained that the meeting was to discuss the superintendent's contract, not teacher pay. City Prosecutor Ike Funderburk told KATC that the School System officials had called him this morning to reiterate that the system wasn't interested in pursuing charges.

The marshal handcuffed Hargrave and struggled briefly with her on the floor before removing her from the building.

"It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermillion Parish", Hargrave said.

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

Arrest records indicate that Hargrave was booked into the city jail for "remaining after being forbidden" and "resisting an officer", reported KATC, which added that the cooperation of the school system was not required for an arrest and the officer could apprehend her on his complaint.

The National Education Association reported that Louisiana saw the largest decrease in average public school teacher salary between 2014 and 2015, with the average salary for the 2015-2016 school year coming out to approximately $47,000.

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