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No Free Speech in America

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How's this for a fucked up place.

A US teacher who was handcuffed and arrested after questioning her superior's pay rise at a public school board meeting has said she does not think the man who arrested her should lose his job.

Key points:

  • Teacher Deyshia Hargrave hopes her arrest for questioning school superintendent's pay will empower students
  • Rally held supporting Ms Hargrave, who is considering lawsuit for First Amendment violations
  • School boss says incident took community by surprise


Deyshia Hargrave was escorted out of the school by deputy city marshal Reggie Hilts after she contested a planned salary increase for the Louisiana school board member despite teachers not being given one in a decade.

Around 100 supporters attended a rally, chanting "Stand by Deyshia" and waving signs promoting free speech to condemn the treatment of the English teacher.

Ms Hargrave said her arrest emphasised the need to speak out on important issues and hoped the case would serve as a positive example to her students

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