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Teacher handcuffed after questioning superintendent's pay raise during school board meeting

10 January 2018
Teacher handcuffed after questioning superintendent's pay raise during school board meeting

Deyshia Hargrave, the teacher arrested at last night's Vermilion School Board meeting, has been charged with resisting an officer and entry/remain on premises after being forbidden according to the Abbeville Police arrest report. He is heard saying to her that he had given her orders to leave, and Ms. Hargrave, standing in the dark against a vehicle, replied, saying she was "walking and asking you a question". Next, she is seen on the hallway floor, being handcuffed behind her back and then escorted from the building. The disturbing incident took place after Hargrave asked school board members to justify the massive raise while teachers and school employees had reportedly gone without a pay hike in years.

"I'm not - you just pushed me to the floor", a visibly shaken Hargrave responded.

'We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries we have.

"You need to leave, or I'm going to remove you", the unidentified marshal says on the video. The Constitution prohibits the government from punishing or retaliating against people for expressing their views, and the fact that a schoolteacher was arrested at a public meeting of the school board is especially troubling.

Following Hargrave's removal and subsequent overnight booking into jail (fascist America has truly arrived) the Louisiana Association of Educators who is representing the teacher denouncing the way Hargrave was treated.

After Hargrave was removed, the board ultimately voted to approve Puyau's new contract.

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.

Hargrave later raises her hand and when called on again asks a question about the issue of teacher salaries and pay raises. After posing another question, an Abbeville city marshal on duty at the meeting grabbed Hargrave and removed her from the meeting.

"When she realized she had to get out, she picked up her purse and walked out", LeBeouf said.

She was placed in an Abbeville police patrol vehicle. It is every citizen's right to speak up for their beliefs'.

Superintendent Jerome Puyau told the ABC affiliate KATC that he had called the police afterwards to notify them the school board did not want to press charges for the meeting disruption, but it remains unclear whether the arresting officer was acting under his own accord or at the direction of a member of the school board.

'It was comments for the superintendent, ' Hargrave continues.