School receives death threats after arresting teacher who questioned pay

The teacher was arrested after speaking up at a public meeting.
The teacher was arrested after speaking up at a public meeting. Photo credit: YouTube

A US school has received death threats from across the world after a teacher was forcibly removed from a meeting and handcuffed for questioning her boss' pay rise.

The Vermilion Parish School Board, from Louisiana, met to approve Superintendent Jerome Puyau's new contract on Monday, USA Today reports.

During the public comment period of the meeting, teacher Deyshia Hargrave opposed the raise, arguing teachers and other employees had not had a pay rise in years.

"We work very hard with very littler to maintain the salaries we have," she said, according to USA Today.

"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."

Board members repeatedly told her the meeting is not to discuss her pay. Video then shows Ms Hargrave asking why she has to leave the meeting as officers try to escort her out.

Board members reported hearing a commotion outside. The following video shows her in handcuffs on the hallway floor, before being taken to a police car outside.

She was jailed and released a few hours later.

Since the video hit media, the school board's office was forced into lockdown after receiving death threats for their treatment of Mr Hargrave.

Vermilion Parish School Board president Anthony Fontana says threats have come from as far away as South America, England and Australia.

Mr Fontana told USA Today he stands by the officer's decision to arrest Ms Hargrave.

The threats have been reported to the FBI and local police.

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