A Louisiana teacher was arrested at a school board meeting after questioning superintendent Jerome Puyau's pay raise. Deyshia Hargrave criticized the new contract, which includes a $38,000 raise and a car, during the public comment portion of the meeting. Police arrested Hargrave and led her away in handcuffs.
Hargrave was disappointed that no one intervened, and expects the superintendent to apologize.
Hargrave hopes this will spark a conversation within the public education system:
I’m hoping for teachers, people outside of education, to have a voice. Show up. You don’t have to say anything, just show up. Just do something. It’s sad that a woman has to be forcibly, violently removed from a board meeting for people to start caring.
Hargrave pointed out that educators such as herself haven't received a raise in well over a decade:
We’re doing the work, the students are doing the work. At the top, that’s not where kids learn. It’s in the classrooms. And those teachers, like myself, are not getting a dime from that, and that is unspeakable.
People came to her defense after she spoke her mind:
Just Shameful, what happened to her right to Free Speech?!?— Natasha Carr (@sasgirls) January 10, 2018
Authoritarian mentality & behaviors have been unleashed. Elections have consequences, people! Rights, what’s that?— Carl (@ashtonsaundie) January 10, 2018
Dam shame FREEDOM OF SPEECH i think it's still in the Constitution right I'm glad she didn't get SHOT ( HINT HINT )— SPORTZ HEAD (@NC4LIFE74) January 10, 2018
Others weren't surprised. Apparently cases like this aren't uncommon:
Every school system does this. Pure shenanigans. These Superintendents can get off with millions, leaving the school systems scraping to pay teachers and other staff.— SoujournerDaTruth (@Bukalove04) January 10, 2018
Remember the nurse who stood for her rights.... she got cuffed violently . Then the cop was fired 👍🏼 this should not happen— Francis Lallemand (@FrancisLallema2) January 10, 2018
Why is anyone so surprised. This is the world we live in. Whether you agree with her or not stand up and say that violations of freedom of speech piss you off as much as the campaign against owning your weapons. Different subjects, but the same freedoms— Wendy Petrucci (@WendyLizP) January 11, 2018
Freedom of speech was once taken for granted:
Democracy and free speech dealt with the Trumpian way! So very sad!— Toni Pait (@ToniPait) January 10, 2018
Puyau has said that he deserves a raise for improving the rankings of his school district. He also pointed out that there is never a good time to give a superintendent a raise, despite acknowledging that the money could be used to fund classroom expenses.
The city prosecutor told HuffPost he will not pursue the charges against Hargrave.
H/T - Huffington Post