A middle school teacher in Louisiana was thrown out of a school board meeting, handcuffed and arrested this week after asking why the superintendent was getting a raise while teachers were not. Twelve minutes of video footage recording the arrest was captured by a local media station and went viral on YouTube.
That thing called the First Amendment …
At Monday’s school board meeting, Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene A. Rost Middle School in southern Louisiana, said it was a “slap in the face” to educators, cafeteria workers and other staff not to get a raise when classroom sizes were growing.
“We are doing the work, the students are doing the work,” Hargrave said. “At the top, that is not where kids learn. It is in the classroom, and those teachers like myself are not getting a dime from that. And that is unspeakable.”
“First Amendment, not to be trifled with,” Glenn said on today’s show. He noted that the teacher was not being disruptive in the meeting; the issue was that the school board was uncomfortable with her question.
“The floor was open for public comment. Hargrave is a citizen exercising her right to speak,” he said.