La. Teacher Handcuffed At School Board Meeting After Talking About Pay

A video on You Tube shows teacher Deyshia Hargrave expelled from a Vermilion Parish school board meeting in Louisiana

The Vermilion Parish teacher who made national headlines after she was handcuffed, removed from a school board meeting and booked into jail for asking questions about a big raise for the superintendent will not face criminal charges, according to KATC.

According to local news station KATC, Deyshia Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools, asked a couple of questions - which board officials answered - during the public-comment only portion of the meeting.

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 teacher's union and the ACLU are investigating and two board members are complaining that the board treats women unfairly.

"I am not, you just pushed me to the floor", Hargrave responds. "We work very hard, with very little, to maintain the salaries we have". I don't care if the performance targets are met - you're making our jobs even more hard. It has directed all questions concerning the incident to the Vermilion Parish School Board.

Hargrave bonded out of jail, The Associated Press reported.

After the vote, Hargrave - who was permitted to speak by the board - told them, "How are you taking the raise when you are basically taking from the teachers and the employees under you?"

Several in the crowd can then be heard saying "yes, it is", in support of Hargrave.

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

After she was called on a second time, a city marshal stepped in and asked her to leave.




Deyshia Hargrave's expulsion from a public meeting and subsequent arrest are unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns.

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

Hargrave continues to ask her question when a city marshal approaches her and tells her she needs to leave.

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

She was placed in an Abbeville police patrol vehicle.

The Louisiana Association of Educators has a lawyer supporting Hargrave.

He walked her out of the building in handcuffs as teachers and parents followed after her.

Requests for comment from Hargrave and Puyau were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

It is unclear if the marshal was acting on his own accord or on the orders of board members or the superintendent.

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