Don’t question the school board
A teacher in the US State of Louisiana was removed from a school board meeting, forcibly handcuffed and jailed after questioning the school’s pay policies.
A local radio station reported tensions escalated during the meeting when middle school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave asked why superintendent Jerome Puyau was being offered a contract that gave him the opportunity to earn as much as $US38,000 ($49,000) more per year, while teachers and school workers had gone years without a raise.
“I feel like it’s a slap in the face of all the teachers, cafeteria workers, and any other support staff,” Ms Hargrave reportedly said.
Board members Laura LeBeouf and Kibbie Pillette both said that a new contract for Mr Puyau give him the opportunity to earn as much as $US38,000 more per year while the board hasn’t raised teacher salaries in more than a decade.
Women have several times been told to leave meetings, while men who speak out have not been removed, Ms LeBeouf said.
The teacher’s union and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are investigating and two board members are complaining the board treats women unfairly.
The teacher was later granted bail on charges of “remaining after being forbidden” and resisting an officer, according to KATC.
“This is the most disgraceful and distasteful thing I have ever seen,” another audience member said as Ms Hargrave made her way out. (Source ABC News)