Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Louisiana teacher handcuffed forcibly after asking questions at board meeting

Teacher removed from Vermilion school board meeting in handcuffs See Teacher Get Handcuffed After Criticizing School Superintendent's Raise
Lillian Steele | 10 January, 2018, 01:30

Board President Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave "out of order" during the meeting, but it was not clear whether the city marshal was asked by the board to remove Hargrave, according to KATC.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English and language arts teacher at Rene A. Rost Middle School in Abbeville, addressed the school board while they were considering a vote to approve Superintendent Jerome Puyau's contract with a $38,000 pay raise, WGNO reported. A teacher's union lawyer is investigating, and while teachers were at work Tuesday, a School Board member says there is talk of a strike.

"What are you doing, can you explain!"

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.

When Hargrave wouldn't budge, the marshal escorted her out of the room, pushed her to the floor, handcuffed her in the hallway and removed her from the building. She and others were in attendance at a school board meeting at the time of the incident, reports KATC.

"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise", she said at the meeting.

After the board approved the raise, Hargrave was again recognized by the board and voiced her frustrations.

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.

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave spoke up during public comment and said, "You're making our jobs more hard". She was, however, charged with "remaining after being forbidden" and "resisting an officer", both of which can be brought by a marshal, and do not require the school board's cooperation.

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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