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


The median household income for Vermilion Parish was $47,083 in 2016, according to census statistics.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English dialects expressions educator at Rene Rost Middle Schools in Kaplan, stood up to class load up individuals amid general society remarks segment of the gathering and was escorted out the second time she moved toward the platform - bringing about a fight in the passage. The disturbing incident took place after Hargrave asked school board members to justify the massive raise while teachers and school employees had reportedly gone without a pay hike in years. "We work very hard, with very little, to maintain the salaries we have".

"Hold on, I am way smaller than you", the woman then said to the marshal as he shoved her toward an exit. We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position is getting a raise? "How are you going to take that money, because it is basically taking it out of the pockets of teachers".

Ike Funderburk, Abbeville's city attorney and prosecutor, said he has reviewed the video and won't be prosecuting her.

"When she realized she had to get out, she picked up her purse and walked out", LeBeouf said.

Requests for comment from Hargrave and Puyau were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

In the hallway the officer then forces Hargrave to the ground and handcuffs her. She protested at the way she was being handled by the city marshal, asking "What are you doing?".

While the board members did recognize it was the teacher's turn to speak, it's unclear if they called the marshal into the room to cut her off or if the officer acted on his own.

Hargrave responded: "I am not, you just pushed me to the floor!".

Deyshia HargraveWas Deyshia Hargrave really out of the order or perhaps the school board? After Hargrave posed several questions, board president Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave out of order, warning her that the public comment section was not for a question-and-answer session.

When she asked another question, the Abbeville city marshal on duty grabbed her and forced her out, as shown in the video.

She was booked into the city jail on charges of remaining where forbidden and resisting an officer.

The teacher was booked into jail last night, even though the superintendent told KATC shortly after the meeting that he had called to inform police that the system didn't want any charges pressed.

Based on her face and the faces of those around her, there appeared to be tensions between those sitting in the crowd and the school board as teacher pay and salaries were being discussed.

She was placed in an Abbeville police patrol auto. The organization says the actions of the officer as 'unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns'.