Teacher arrested, handcuffed after speaking up at school board meeting

Teacher arrested, handcuffed after speaking up at school board meeting

Teacher arrested, handcuffed after speaking up at school board meeting

A disastrous school board meeting in Louisiana ended with an English teacher being escorted from the building in handcuffs. The board president had ruled her out of order, saying the public comment period was for comments, not questions. Next, she is seen on the hallway floor, screaming as the marshal handcuffs her behind her back.

Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school language arts teacher, spoke prior to the vote and questioned the school board's decision to consider a $38,000 raise for Superintendent Jerome Puyau.

During a school board meeting on Monday, Deyshia Hargrave brought up the issue of teacher salary and a raise that was included in a new contract for the superintendent, according members of the Vermilion Parish School Board.

"I am not - you just pushed me to the floor".

'We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries we have. "I am smaller than you", she said.

Mr Payou's contract was extended for three years by the board during that meeting and includes incentives for performance.

KATC reports the teacher was booked into jail. City Prosecutor Ike Funderburk told KATC that the School System officials had called him this morning to reiterate that the system wasn't interested in pursuing charges.

A video obtained by KATC shows Hargrave calmly addressing the board when she is confronted by an officer, who forces her to leave the room. She wasn't making a fuss, she was pointing out something he didn't want public, they used arrest tactics to remove her when she was already leaving and that's illegal'.

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Hargrave continues to ask her question when a city marshal approaches her and tells her she needs to leave. "She was recognized!" several people said.

The way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish, I have never seen a man removed from this room.

"I don't think it needed to come to the extreme that it came to", she said.

Also responding was the ACLU of Louisiana which also released a statement on the Vermilion Parish teachers arrest.

The Louisiana Association of Educators has a lawyer supporting Hargrave. It is every citizen's right to speak up for their beliefs'.

Requests for comment from Hargrave and Puyau were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon. The organization says the actions of the officer as 'unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns'.

It's unclear if the deputy marshal was acting on his own accord-of if he was called on to have Hargrave removed.

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