Teacher Arrested at School Board Meeting After Questioning Superintendent Contract

Geneva Matthews
January 10, 2018

A Louisiana middle school teacher was removed from a Vermillion Parish school board meeting in handcuffs Monday evening after she questioned why the school district superintendent was receiving a $38,000 raise when rank-and-file teachers and support staff haven't gotten a pay raise in years. He is heard saying to her that he had given her orders to leave, and Ms. Hargrave, standing in the dark against a vehicle, replied, saying she was "walking and asking you a question".

A Louisiana teacher who was forcibly removed from a school board hearing in a viral video clip was booked on two crimes and bonded out of jail Tuesday morning, court documents show.

'We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries we have.

"I'm not - you just pushed me to the floor", Hargrave responds as the unnamed officer begins to push her towards the exit.

The Abbeville town marshal's office, which made the arrest, the superintendent's office and the school board president all declined further comment on the incident.

Hargrave then raised her hand. She wasn't making a fuss, she was pointing out something he didn't want public, they used arrest tactics to remove her when she was already leaving and that's illegal'. Then when she was called on again by the board, the marshal stepped up and asked her to leave.

School superintendent Jerome Puyau, the man whose potential pay raise was being discussed in the meeting, said that no charges were filed by him or the board against Hargrave.

"I don't think it needed to come to the extreme that it came to", she said. Ms. Hargrave asked the board, as the marshal tried to grab her arm.

She was placed in an Abbeville police patrol auto.

'Sir, do not, ' she says as he touches her.

"I do believe in the First Amendment, and everyone should be able to go to a school board meeting and express how they feel", she said.

The Louisiana Association of Educators has weighed in and said the association's attorney is working with Hargrave on what to do next.

"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", the union's statement said. Any action that infringes upon this right is unlawful and unacceptable.

It is unclear whether the marshal acted on board members' orders or his own accord, according to KATC.

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