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

10 January 2018

Puyau told media in southwest Louisiana that the school system would not seek to have Hargrave prosecuted.

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave being approached by an officer at a school board meeting in Vermillion, Louisiana.

Told Hargrave (see first video below), 'For a superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like it's a slap in the face for teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have'. Ms Hargrave did not appear to be raising her voice during the meeting. In a longer video posted on YouTube by a reporter for the Abbeville Meridional, the officer is heard telling Hargrave outside the building that he had given her "many lawful orders to leave".

Pillette said he wouldn't be surprised if teachers decide to walk out to protest Hargrave's treatment, although they were at work Tuesday. Later in the same meeting, she spoke again in response to a question from the board, and was confronted by the marshal despite objections from the audience.

He orders Hargrave to leave the premises and she follows him out.

Suddenly, Hargrave can be heard yelling.

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.

When the city marshal told her to not resist, she replied, "I am not!" A 4-4 deadlock became 5-3 in favor of the new contract as the appointed member voted in favor of the renewal, she said.

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The Abbeville Police Department says they have received numerous emails and phone calls about the arrest but all questions concerning this incident should be made to the Vermilion Parish School Board.

"His job is to make sure that we have orderly board meetings, he knows what our policy is and he knows how to handle it", he said.

It was expected to be a contentious meeting, she said.

School board member Laurie Leblanc did speak out for Ms Hargrave after the incident, saying: "what happened here tonight, the way that females are treated in Vermillion Parrish.I have never seen a man removed from this room".

"I have reviewed the video and I am not going to approve any charges against the teacher", Funderburk said. "She's a great teacher".

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

Hargrave bonded out of jail, The Associated Press reported.

It's misty if the marshal got orders from board individuals or in the event that he was following up on his own.

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