Teacher handcuffed after speaking about pay

Teacher handcuffed after speaking about pay

Teacher handcuffed after speaking about pay

A Louisiana teacher who spoke out against a superintendent's new contract was handcuffed and arrested during a school board meeting in an incident caught on video.

During the public comments portion of the Vermilion Parish school board meeting, Deyshia Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle School, asked questions to the board regarding teacher's salaries, according to a report from KATC. According to the news station, Hargrave asked several questions and board president Anthony Fontana then ruled her out of order, saying that the public comment section was not a question-and-answer period.

When she voluntarily left the room, the officer jumped into action in the hallway, forcing Hargrave to the ground and handcuffing her. Hargrave yelled as the officer picked her up from the floor and pushed her towards an exit, commanding her to "stop resisting".

Superintendent Jerome Puyau told the ABC affiliate KATC that he had called the police afterwards to notify them the school board did not want to press charges for the meeting disruption, but it remains unclear whether the arresting officer was acting under his own accord or at the direction of a member of the school board. She has since bonded out.

"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise", Hargrave said during the meeting.

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Teacher Deyshia Hargrave spoke up during public comment and said, "You're making our jobs more hard".

Arrest records indicate that Hargrave was booked into the city jail for "remaining after being forbidden" and "resisting an officer", reported KATC, which added that the cooperation of the school system was not required for an arrest and the officer could apprehend her on his complaint. 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.

Hargrave has yet to comment on her removal.

"What happened here tonight; the way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish, I have never seen a man removed from this room".

The teacher was still jailed and later released on bond.

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