A teacher was handcuffed and thrown out of a board meeting after questioning a pay rise for the superintendent. Deyshia Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools in Kaplan, Louisiana, voiced her disagreement of the raise during the packed gathering on Monday night.
Teachers met for a board vote on the superintendent’s contract which included a higher salary.
Hargrave asked board members: ‘We work very hard with very littler to maintain the salaries we have. I don’t care if the performance targets are met — you’re making our jobs even more difficult. We’re meeting those goals, while someone in that position is getting a raise? It’s a sad, sad day to be a teacher. ‘When I first started teaching there was like 20 kids in a class and now there are 29 kids in a class, and we have not have been given raises. How are you going to take that money? It’s basically taking it out of our pockets.
‘How are you taking the raise when you’re basically taking from the teacher and employees under you?’ Board members repeatedly tell Hargrave and other teachers that the meeting is to discuss the superintendent’s contract, and not their salary. But the teachers argue back.
The back-and-forth barely gets heated before a security guard steps in and tells Hargrave to leave. He is heard saying: ‘You’re going to leave or I’m going to remove you.’
She’s led out of the room. But seconds later, a commotion is heard. Hargrave is seen on the floor after claiming the security guard pushed her there. The video ends with people questioning the security guard’s actions in a parking lot while Hargrave is still in cuffs.