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

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A teacher in Louisiana was removed from a school board meeting Monday night and put in handcuffs after bringing up teacher salaries.

The station reported that board president Anthony Fontana had ruled Hargrave out of order for asking questions during a time reserved for public comment.

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.

"I'm not - you just pushed me to the floor", a visibly shaken Hargrave responded. "We work very hard, with very little, to maintain the salaries we have".

The woman's removal follows comments she made addressing Vermilion Parish superintendent, Jerome Puyau being awarded a $38K pay rise.

Hargrave later bonded out of the Abbeville jail on charges of "remaining after being forbidden" and resisting an officer, according to KATC. Hargrave is an English language arts teacher at Rene A. Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, according to the school's website.

Hargrave reportedly left the meeting, but in the hallway cuffs were placed on her.

She was taken outside by a police officer, handcuffed, and arrested for resisting arrest. Then when she was called on again by the board, the marshal stepped up and asked her to leave.


While she was being recognized by the superintendent, an Abbeville city marshal approached her and asked her to leave.

"She got away from what I believe was the germane issue", he said. The Abbeville Police Department did not arrest the teacher.

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".

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.

"As an organization that advocates for the dedicated school employees of Louisiana, we firmly denounce the mistreatment of Ms. Hargrave, a loving parent and dedicated teacher serving the students of Vermilion Parish", the union's statement said.

Hargrave was warned that public comment was not for questions.

Board members told NBC News that the meeting was called to vote on whether to approve a new contract for superintendent Jermone Puyau.

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

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