Teacher arrested, handcuffed after speaking up at school board meeting

Teacher arrested, handcuffed after speaking up at school board meeting

A Louisiana teacher who was forcibly removed from a school board hearing in a viral video clip was booked on two crimes and bonded out of jail Tuesday morning, court documents show.

Fontana, the board president, told NBC News that Hargrave had violated meeting policies, by taking up extra time and asking questions during a public comment section.

Based on her face and the faces of those around her, there appeared to be tensions between those sitting in the crowd and the school board as teacher pay and salaries were being discussed.

Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school teacher in the Vermilion Parish school system, was videotaped being escorted out of a room and then wrestled into handcuffs by a city marshal on January 8.

The incident started when Hargrave spoke up during public comments about the superintendent's new contract.

He also added that the marshal who arrested Hargrave is a school officer employed by the school board who was "not acting in any official capacity on behalf of the city of Abbeville".

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




Superintendent Jerome Puyau told KATC on Monday night that he called to ensure that police knew the school system was not pressing charges against Hargrave, but she was booked anyway, records show.

From there, she was forced to the ground and handcuffed.

"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise", Hargrave said.

It is unclear whether the marshal acted on board members' orders or his own accord, according to KATC.

Ms Hargrave told the board: "you're making our job more difficult" by not addressing valid pay concerns.

"What happened here tonight, the way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish - I have never seen a man removed from this room", she said.

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