A Louisiana English language arts teacher was violently removed from a school board meeting Monday night after criticizing the superintendent’s $38,000 pay raise.
During the public comments portion of the Vermilion Parish school board meeting, Deyshia Hargrave, called the superintendent’s raise a “slap in the face” to all the teachers, according to WGNTV.
“I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise,” Hargrave said. “I feel like it’s a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have. We work very hard, with very little, to maintain the salaries we have.”
After the board approved the raise, Hargrave was again recognized by the board and voiced her frustrations. According to KATC, at least one school board member ruled her “out of order” at one point during the discussion.
While she was being recognized by the superintendent, an Abbeville city marshal approached her and asked her to leave. Shortly after being escorted out of the meeting, Hargrave was handcuffed by an Abbeville city marshal.
Video captured the moment the city marshal pushed her against a wall and then onto the floor.
“Stop resisting,” he states.
“I am not, you just pushed me to the floor!” Hargrave yells back. “Sir, hold on, I am way smaller than you!”
The school board does not plan to press charges against the teacher, according to KATC.