We live in a very strange world, a world where those who have done a terrible job get $200 dollars while those teaching our children get arrested for asking for a pay raise. While such statements may sound like mere hyperbole, the news today tells us how sadly true it really it.
Fox News is reporting that “a Louisiana middle school teacher was removed from a school board meeting in handcuffs Monday night after she spoke out about teacher pay.” If this is the way that the district handles outbursts or even lines of thinking that run counter to theirs, it must be a terrible place for children to learn in. Some have wondered how it was even legal to arrest someone who had broken no law.
Deyshia Hargrave teaches English at Rene Rost Middle Schools in Kaplan and as she called into question some of the reasonings of “school board members during the public comments section of the meeting,” she was removed for doing so. When she approached the podium for the second time.
This ended with some kind of a fight in the hallway as the police unfairly removed the teacher from the area. KATC-TV reports that Hargrave “was screaming at an Abbeville city marshal after he” shoved the lady to the ground forcefully and seemingly without cause.
“Stop resisting,” the officer is heard saying. These two words are often used by officers when no resisting is happening in order to justify their harsh actions to those hearing it, so the statement may not mean what it appears. The teacher makes this clear as she says, “I am not – you just pushed me to the floor. Sir, hold on, I am way smaller than you.”
Board president Anthony Fontana ruled that Hargrave was out of order, but since she was entitled to be heard as well as anyone else, this was a baseless claim, it would appear.
The reason given was that it was not “question and answer time,” hardly a justification for roughing up a lady in the hallway of a learning institution.
The instructor was arrested for “remaining after being forbidden” and for “resisting an officer.” While blue lives do very much matter and the backlash against officers has been harsh, there are times (such as this) where cops have no business acting as they do or in the manner observed.
The district is not planning on pressing charges, but suffice to say, this teacher may. No one wants to live in a world where asking questions and demanding answers from those over us is met with arrest.
That just can not be allowed.
Sources: Fox News – KATC-TV