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He said 'I hope I'll be back soon.' The policemen didn't say anything. They just left her there.

This is when I ask you to open up that special place in your heart where empathy lives and listen to this story of a girl who's lost a parent — even though he's still living.

He said 'I hope I'll be back soon.' The policemen didn't say anything. They just left her there.

"That day was the defining moment of my life. I was in my junior year of high school. And I used to remember the date. ... And I feel really bad about not knowing the date any more. The police showed up early in the morning. And my dad asked the policemen what they wanted. And they said, 'You're under arrest.' And my dad said, 'OK.' I think he just hugged me and he said something like, 'I hope I'll be back soon.' The policemen didn't say anything to me. They just left me there by myself."


1 in 28 children have a parent in jail. There are now enough children with incarcerated parents that "Sesame Street" has an entire toolkit to help them cope.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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