Louisiana teacher handcuffed during school board meeting wants apology

Louisiana teacher handcuffed during school board meeting wants apology

"I hated what happened", Puyau said.

Deyshia Hargrave previously spoke out against the Vermilion Parish School Board (VPSB) for voting to give the standing superintendent almost $30,000 raise, which she claimed was a "slap in the face" to hard-working teachers who haven't seen a boost in pay in years.

Deyshia Hargrave was taken from a school board meeting in handcuffs this week after questioning a raise given to the Vermilion Parish Schools Superintendent, despite years of stagnant wages for educators that have made it hard to retain the educators Vermilion students deserve.We #standbydeyshia! He arrested her and put her into a police vehicle, the video shows.

The city attorney and prosecutor have said Hargrave will not face charges in the case. She was ruled out of order after trying to ask her question twice, once during the public comments section and again when she was called on by the board. "Whether he needs to lose his job, I don't know". "It should not have happened and it cast a negative light on our state and, you know, it's very regrettable".

School officials said they've received numerous death threats in response for allowing the officer's handling of Hargrave.

A teacher who attended Thursday's rally agreed. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said the episode raised serious constitutional questions and that it was investigating. And my voice was silenced during audience concerns for the superintendent. Hargrave spoke briefly to the crowd, urging the children in the crowd to continue to speak up and to work for justice because "you matter".

"I was always taught that what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong, and when you see something you should say it's wrong even though it doesn't involve you".


"I'm hoping for teachers, people outside of education, to have a voice", said Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts. So I chose to speak out.

"I want my daughter and my students to be proud of me". It also sparked outrage on social media against the Vermilion Parish School Board. "Well, she made a choice. I do not", the superintendent said. "In 30 years I've never seen anything like this", Blackwell told CNN.

The unwarranted backlash got so bad that the OH department had to post a message on its Facebook page: "Please stop sending us your hate mail".

She is soon led out of the meeting by a marshal, and the video cuts to show Hargrave on a hallway floor, screaming as the marshal handcuffs her hands behind her back. "But I clearly feel my First Amendment rights were violated, and I feel like, yeah, there will be a lawsuit filed for that".

However, board president Anthony Fontana is reportedly defending the city marshal's actions. She asked board members why they were raising the superintendent's pay - which was about $110,000 before the raise was approved at the meeting - when teachers had not received a raise for years. "Personally, I don't think he would have arrested her if it was up to him". Teachers in Vermilion Parish haven't had a salary increase in nearly 10 years.

Deyshia Hargrave's fellow educators are scheduled to hold a rally for her Thursday night in the town of Abbeville.

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