Louisiana teacher handcuffed after questioning superintendent's pay raise during school board meeting

Louisiana teacher handcuffed after questioning superintendent's pay raise during school board meeting

Louisiana teacher handcuffed after questioning superintendent's pay raise during school board meeting

Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school English teacher in the Vermilion Parish School District was handcuffed and dragged out of the meeting by a town marshal Monday night after voicing her concerns about a contract that would give a raise to the district's top administrator.

Hargrave reportedly told district Superintendent Jerome Puyau that it was a "slap in the face" that he was receiving a raise.

"I don't think it needed to come to the extreme that it came to", she said. The Constitution prohibits the government from punishing or retaliating against people for expressing their views, and the fact that a schoolteacher was arrested at a public meeting of the school board is especially troubling. Hargrave was then called on a second time to speak and asked the board another question, KATC reports.

"You're gonna leave, or I'm gonna remove you", the officer said to Hargrave, before leading her from the meeting room under the protest of other teachers in attendance.

Local news station also reported that board member Anthony Fontana ruled her out of order at one point during the discussion.

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Hargrave exited the room on her own, but once she reached the hallway, the officer took her to the ground and handcuffed her, leaving onlookers shocked.

The video continues with the officer holding Hargrave next to a police vehicle and threatening those standing nearby, "Somebody else about to get arrested ... public intimidation". Due to the location of her arrest and the arresting agency's jurisdiction, which includes the city limits of Abbeville, she was booked in and bonded from the local police department.

The Louisiana Association of Educators who is representing Hargrave released the following statement on the incident denouncing the treatment Hargrave experienced. "It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher".

Hargrave, her school, Puyau, Fontana, and the city marshal's office did not respond to BuzzFeed News's request for comment.

On Tuesday morning, Hargrave's Facebook page was filled with supportive comments, some thanking her for taking a stand.

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