Superintendent Tearfully Takes Blame for Teacher's Arrest

'I should have stood up'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2018 1:39 PM CST

(Newser) – A Louisiana school superintendent wiped away tears as he said he "hated what happened" after a teacher was arrested during a school board meeting on Monday, CBS News reports. Deyshia Hargrave, a former teacher of the year in Vermilion Parish, was asked to leave the meeting after complaining about superintendent Jerome Puyau's $30,000 raise—teachers in the district haven't gotten a raise in a decade—and was arrested in the hallway outside.

Puyau blames himself for what happened. "I'm the superintendent, I'm to blame," he said. "I should have stood up, okay? That's what you want to hear and it's the truth. I should have stood up ... Let her speak." Puyau's response is a far cry from that of the school board president, who is blaming Hargrave amid accusations of gender bias from others in the district.

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