Teacher handcuffed at school board meeting after bringing up salary


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. The video then shows the woman on the floor in the hallway, where she is being handcuffed behind the back by the marshal. "Stop right now", he said, saying her question was not germane.

Hargrave responded: "I am not, you just pushed me to the floor!".

The teacher was still jailed and later released on bond.

Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school language arts teacher, spoke prior to the vote and questioned the school board's decision to consider a $38,000 raise for Superintendent Jerome Puyau.

After the board approved the raise, Hargrave was again recognized by the board and voiced her frustrations. After Hargrave posed several questions, board president Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave out of order, warning her that the public comment section was not for a question-and-answer session. Ms. Hargrave asked the board, as the marshal tried to grab her arm.

Her issue was the superintendent's new contract.

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

Mr Payou's contract was extended for three years by the board during that meeting and includes incentives for performance.

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'She wasn't talking to you, ' an audience member says. Board members had always been split on renewal of the superintendent's contract, but the death of a board member in November changed the composition of the board.

"No reason for anyone to be treated this way. Never. I have never seen a man removed from this room".

"And that's exactly what I was doing", Hargrave insists.

The department said it has received numerous emails and phone calls about the arrest. City Prosecutor Ike Funderburk told KATC that the School System officials had called him this morning to reiterate that the system wasn't interested in pursuing charges.

The Louisiana Association of Educators posted a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon noting that Hargrave is a member and has spoken to the organization's attorney.

Moments later, Hargrave is seen being taken to the ground, handcuffed, and dragged out of the building by the much larger marshal as fellow teachers looked on in horror.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said it was investigating as well.

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