A Louisiana middle school teacher of language arts, Deyshia Hargrave, was recently arrested in the midst of a school board meeting for questioning a several thousand dollar raise given to the superintendent. Hargrave was placed in handcuffs and removed from the building with apparent excess force even though she was complying with the officer in question of her own free well. She was booked into the local jail on charges of resisting arrest.
Hargarve was asked to leave the meeting when she continued to stand and speak out against on the issue after basically being asked to sit and be silent about it when she insinuated that the superintendent was taking money out of the pockets of teachers employed by the school by taking a raise. Several parents, teachers, and children witnessed the highly unsettling and confusing actions of both the board and the police. The footage has since then become viral.
“In three years, only women have been removed from board room meetings,” said Sara Duplechain, a Vermillion Parrish School Board Member, in regards to other women having been silenced in similar situations in the state of Louisiana. The president of the ACLU has also made comments on the outrageous incident calling it “unacceptable” as well as stating that it “raises serious constitutional concerns.”
The teacher was booked into the local jail on charges of resisting arrest and failing to remove herself from the property when asked to do so, however the local prosecutor says he does not plan to pursure a convinction.