A Louisiana teacher was booted from a school board meeting, taken down to the ground and arrested after questioning why a superintendent was being offered a raise (video below).
Rene Rost Middle School teacher Deyshia Hargrave was kicked out of a board meeting and arrested on Jan. 8 after questioning why a superintendent was being offered a new contract that entitles him to a performance-based raise, the Daily Mail reported.
"For a superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like it's a slap in the face for teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have," Hargrave reportedly said to the board members. "We work very hard with very little 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," Hargrave continued. "How are you going to take that money? It’s basically taking it out of our pockets."
Hargrave was then confronted by a city marshal on duty, who forced her to leave the meeting. Board members reportedly told Hargrave and other teachers that the meeting was to discuss the superintendent's contact, not employees' salary.
Attorney Ike Funderburk reviewed video footage of the incident and spoke with the school board and said he won't be prosecuting Hargrave, KATC reported.
Board President Anthony Fontana has since spoken out on the issue, saying he believes the entire incident was a "set up."
"The other four board members, now three, have been committed to getting rid of the superintendent. No matter how good the policy might be, they would be against it to cast disfavor on the superintendent to prevent him from getting a contract," Fontana said. "The whole issue, from day one, was that they were not going to give him a contract."
Fontana added that Hargrave was arrested because she did not follow the rules for board meetings.
"If a teacher has the authority to send a student, who is acting up and she can't control, out of the classroom to the principal's office, under our policy we have the same rules," Fontana explained. "We have certain rules: three minute speech, it has to be civilized, it can't get off target, it has to be related to the issue before the board. That's not what was happening last night."
"The marshal did his job. He went over there to settle it down. He couldn't settle it down. She's the one who made the choice to continue speaking," Fontana added. "He was taking her out. He wasn't arresting her. He was escorting her out, telling her don't come back tonight. It escalated out in the hall and she ended up getting arrested.
"He did exactly what he was hired to do. He followed the procedures completely. She's the one who made the choices that got her arrested."