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Teacher Handcuffed And Jailed For Questioning Superintendent’s Pay Raise



Reports from CNN reveal that Deyshia Hargrave a teacher was handcuffed out of the school board meeting in Louisiana.

The Vermilion Parish school teacher expressed her displeasure and dissatisfaction at the school district’s superintendent getting a salary raise while teachers like herself were struggling.

Hargrave publicly said “You’re making our job even more difficult,” as recorded in a video by CNN affiliate KATC.

The school Superintendent Jerome Puyau‘s pay raise of $29,998 from $110,190 to $140,188 per annum was described as unfair by the school teacher.

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

While the teacher was expressing her frustration, a city marshal hired by the school district escorted her away from the gathering and handcuffed her in a hallway while she was heard screaming.

In the video, Hargrave was screaming, “What are you doing?” “Sir hold on I am way smaller than you!”

The marshal was also heard saying “Stop resisting,” to which she replied “I’m not! You just pushed me to the floor!”

Deyshia Hargrave was arrested for criticizing her school board - US School teacher arrested

Deyshia Hargrave was arrested for criticizing her school board

According to Abbeville Police, the teacher who is facing two criminal charges was booked into the Abbeville, Louisiana, jail and then released on bond.

It is still not clear if the marshal hired as a resource officer acted on his own or under the direction of a board member.

When Jerome Puyau, the School’s Superintendent was interviewed, he didn’t comment on the teacher’s arrest, instead, he defended his pay raise.

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He said “Its time that we brought to the board a salary that was commensurated with what superintendents are making”

While in 2016, the average Louisiana teacher salary was $49,745 per year and haven’t been given a raise in over a decade.

A school board member Laura LeBeouf condemned the treatment of Hargrave when she said “What happened here tonight — the way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish … I have never seen a man removed from this room.”

The school’s board President Anthony Fontana defended the city marshal’s action. “A board member who is recognized and a board member is getting ready to speak when she cut into him, that’s when the officer acted.”

Ike Funderburk, Abbeville’s city attorney and prosecutor said he won’t be prosecuting the teacher.

“I have reviewed the video and I am not going to approve any charges against the teacher.”

“I talked with the attorney for the school board, and they do not wish to pursue any charges against the teacher.”

In the midst of all these the school board ended up approving the salary raise for Jerome Puyau.

Debbie Meaux who is the President of the Louisiana Association of Educators denounced the way Hargrave was treated at the meeting.

“As an organization that advocates for the dedicated school employees of Louisiana, we firmly denounce the mistreatment of Ms Hargrave, a loving parent and dedicated teacher serving the students of Vermilion Parish,” Meaux said.

Brian Blackwell the attorney for the Louisiana Association of Educators said Hargrave is considering legal action because she feels her right to free speech has been violated.

“In 30 years I’ve never seen anything like this, this has certainly caused an outrage locally, nationally and internationally from comments I’ve been seeing.”

Teachers in the district are planning to hold a rally in support of Hargrave.

Source: CNN

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India Unveils World’s Tallest Statue, “Statue Of Unity”



India Unveils "Statue Of Unity"

India unveils the world’s tallest statue named the “Statue of Unity.”

The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was one of the country’s independence leaders has been unveiled. The “Statue of Unity,” located in India is 182 meters tall, making it the tallest statue in the world. The Indian president, Narendra Modi officially unveils the statue at an event attended by more than 5,000 police officers.

The president describes the statue as ‘an answer to all those who question the existence of India,’ saying that “the height of the statue is to remind the youth that the future of the country will be as huge as this.”

According to reports, the bronze-clad statue cost $430 million to build. The statue also houses a memorial garden and a museum at its base.

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Kanye West Is Taking A Break From Politics



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American rapper Kanye West is now breaking from political talk, saying he was used as a pawn and that his “eyes are now wide open.”

The rapper who once referred to the President of the United States as his brother takes to his Twitter page with a series of tweets declaring that his eyes are now wide open. On Tuesday, 30th October, Kanye West wrote a series of tweets breaking himself from President Trump’s beliefs.

He writes:

“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he wrote. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

Kanye who had earlier said Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hat made him feel like a superhero, also declaring “I love this guy” has said he is done being a messenger of beliefs that doesn’t appeal to him personally.

He also writes:

“I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer.

“I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.

“I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world.

“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.”

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Japanese Princess Give Up Royalty To Marry Commoner



The Japanese Princess Ayako and her husband

The Japanese Princess, Princess Ayako of the imperial family, relinquishes her membership as she marries a commoner.

The 28-year-old Japanese Princess ties the knot with 32-year-old Kei Moriya who is an executive employee of Nippon Yusen Shipping company on Monday. The wedding took place at Tokyo’s historic Meiji Shrine. Although Japanese royals for the past 3 generations had gained the freedom to marry anybody of their choosing, the women are made to relinquish their royal status after they marry commoners.

However, when the Princes marry commoners, they become a part of the imperial family. However, Princess Hisako, mother of the newlywed princess says her daughter will continue to retain patronage over two institutions belonging to the family.

Speaking on her marital decision, Princess Ayako says:

“I’m filled with joy to get married and to have so many people visit us at the Meiji Shrine and congratulate us.”

According to The Independent, the Japanese royal family is running short of males owing to its laws of having its princesses relinquish royal ties. Crown Prince Naruhito, who takes over after Akihito abdicates next year, his brother Fumihito, his nephew Hisahito and Masahito, the octogenarian brother of the current emperor, are the only four male heirs to the throne left.”

Congratulations to the newlyweds.

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