See Teacher Get Handcuffed After Criticizing School Superintendent's Raise


A Louisiana teacher was handcuffed and briefly jailed after asking about teacher pay during a school board meeting. According to KATC, at least one school board member ruled her "out of order" at one point during the discussion.

Video from KATC-TV then shows the teacher being handcuffed on the floor in the hallway before she's escorted out of 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.

"You just pushed me to the floor!"

"We are doing the work, the students are doing the work", Ms. Hargrave continued.

"You're making our jobs more hard", she said.

The Abbeville town marshal's office, which made the arrest, the superintendent's office and the school board president all declined further comment on the incident.

Hargrave later bonded out of the Abbeville jail on charges of "remaining after being forbidden" and resisting an officer, according to KATC. She wasn't making a fuss, she was pointing out something he didn't want public, they used arrest tactics to remove her when she was already leaving and that's illegal'.

As people in the audience agreed with Hargrave, Fontana banged his gavel multiple times and ordered Hargrave to stop talking because the raise "wasn't on the agenda" - promoting several others in the meeting to disagree. Ms. Hargrave asked the board, as the marshal tried to grab her arm.

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

"She got away from what I believe was the germane issue", he said.

"I personally apologize for the Vermilion Parish School Board", she said, adding, "This is a sad day for Vermilion Parish".

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

Also responding was the ACLU of Louisiana which also released a statement on the Vermilion Parish teachers arrest.

The Louisiana Association of Educators has weighed in and said the association's attorney is working with Hargrave on what to do next.

On Tuesday morning, Hargrave's Facebook page was filled with supportive comments, some thanking her for taking a stand. It is every citizen's right to speak up for their beliefs'.

The station also reported that it is unclear whether the marshal acted on his own volition or was instructed to arrest Hargrave by a school board member.



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