Silly peasant. Who does she think she is, thinking she can question her elected school board officials about how they use tax money?
Public school teacher has the temerity to attend a public meeting of the school board she works for and question the wisdom of giving the school superintendent a new contract with raises built in when she as a teacher is seeing her class sizes increase and her salary stay the same. The school board, elected officials, of course demonstrate their commitment to their community and their teachers by having their guard force her out of the room, push her to the ground and handcuff her.
Luckily for her, the school board said they won’t be pressing charges. Well, how magnanimous! They won’t be pressing charges against a teacher to asked them a question. They are truly heroes.
From the UK Daily Mail:
…Middle school language arts teacher Deyshia Hargrave addressed the board during a public comments section of the meeting about teacher salaries and pay raises.
…‘We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries we have. I don’t care if the performance targets are met — you’re making our jobs even more difficult. We’re meeting those goals, while someone in that position is getting a raise? It’s a sad, sad day to be a teacher,’ Hargrave said to board members.
‘When I first started teaching there was like 20 kids in a class and now there are 29 kids in a class, and we have not have been given raises. How are you going to take that money? It’s basically taking it out of our pockets,’ she continued.
A video obtained by KATC shows her appearing to calmly ask questions of the board when she is confronted by an officer, who forces her to leave the room.
Additional background from ABC affiliate KATC Channel 3.
(Board President Anthony) Fontana said the teacher arrested after Monday’s meeting was not following the rules of board meeting procedure.
“If a teacher has the authority to send a student, who is acting up and she can’t control, out of the classroom to the principal’s office, under our policy we have the same rules,” Fontana said. “We have certain rules: three minute speech, it has to be civilized, it can’t get off target, it has to be related to the issue before the board. That’s not what was happening last night.
“The marshal did his job. He went over there to settle it down. He couldn’t settle it down. She’s the one who made the choice to continue speaking,” Fontana said. “He was taking her out. He wasn’t arresting her. He was escorting her out, telling her don’t come back tonight. It escalated out in the hall and she ended up getting arrested. “He did exactly what he was hired to do. He followed the procedures completely. She’s the one who made the choices that got her arrested ”
Fontana said he had to lock down the school board office Tuesday because of death threats. He said he had called police, the sheriff’s office and the FBI about the threats.
“I told my staff not to answer the phone unless they knew who it was. My staff was scared to death, because they got a call that a man said he was on his way to the school board office, making threats,” Fontana said.
Boy, it’s tough to think of any action more worthy of arrest than not following school board meeting rules. Also, the rules for grown-ups are different than the rules for children. Because, you know, they’re grown-ups.