A Vermilion Parish middle school teacher was removed and subsequently arrested after speaking out during a school board meeting Monday night. The actions have sparked international outrage on social media and have inspired alleged death threats against members of the school board.

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During the meeting, the board voted to renew Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s contract for three years, while also giving him a pay raise.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene Rost Middle School, addressed the school board during the public comment portion of the meeting, speaking out against the pay raises.


“A superintendent, or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like is a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers, and other support staff we have,” Hargrave told the board.

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Everyone from the superintendent to the resource officer who arrested her has received death threats and shows like CBS’ The Talk weighed in on the occurrence.

“She wasn’t being violent,” said Sharon Osbourne. “She wasn’t lashing out at anybody.”

“And she was speaking her mind during the public comments portion of the meeting,” Julie Chen added.