Teacher handcuffed at school board meeting after bringing up salary

Katrina Barker
January 10, 2018

Based on her face and the faces of those around her, there appeared to be tensions between those sitting in the crowd and the school board as teacher pay and salaries were being discussed.

"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise", Hargrave was seen saying in a YouTube video. It was public comment only, not a question and answer session-although board officials were answering her questions.

Hargrave continues to ask her question when a city marshal approaches her and tells her she needs to leave. Shortly after being escorted out of the meeting, Hargrave was handcuffed by an Abbeville city marshal.

A Louisiana teacher was handcuffed and escorted out of a school board meeting after she questioned the superintendent's $38,000 raise, according to KATC. He told her to "stop resisting", to which she replied, "I am not, you just pushed me to the floor". She and others were in attendance at a school board meeting at the time of the incident, reports KATC.

The superintendent's pay raise would "basically be taking money out our pockets", she said. She has since bonded out.

After Hargrave was removed, the board ultimately voted to approve Puyau's new contract.

Her removal did not go unnoticed, and one female board member said, "What happened here tonight".

Arrest records indicate that Hargrave was booked into the city jail for "remaining after being forbidden" and "resisting an officer," reported KATC, which added that the cooperation of the school system was not required for an arrest and the officer could apprehend her on his complaint.

The National Education Association reported that Louisiana saw the largest decrease in average public school teacher salary between 2014 and 2015, with the average salary for the 2015-2016 school year coming out to approximately $47,000.

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