Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

US Teacher Handcuffed During Board Meeting For Questioning Boss's Raise

US Teacher Handcuffed During Board Meeting For Questioning Boss's Raise

A Vermilion Parish teacher found herself being escorted out of the school board meeting in handcuffs after she was arrested by a school board security guard.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, was placed in handcuffs after asking questions during a public comment period of the Vermilion Parish School Board Meeting.

"She got away from what I believe was the germane issue", he said. "We work very hard, with very little, to maintain the salaries we have". But when the board ultimately voted to approve Puyau's new contract with the $38,000 raise, the frustrated teacher stood up again to speak out. She bonded out that night. 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. I don't care if the performance targets are met - you're making our jobs even more hard.

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Following the weird - and violent - arrest, Vermilion Parish School Board Superintendent Jerome Puyau told the local news outlet the district won't press charges against Hargrave.

"I'm not - you just pushed me to the floor", a visibly shaken Hargrave responded.

According to Ike Funderburk, Abbeville's city attorney and prosecutor, no charges will be filed against Hargrave.

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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.

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

A member of the school board interrupts her, saying that her question was not related to the evening's agenda.

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