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Teacher handcuffed after speaking about pay

Teacher handcuffed after speaking about pay

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.

Deyshia Hargrave, a teacher in the Vermilion Parish School System, asked questions regarding the board's consideration of a $38,000 raise for the superintendent of the school system. "I feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have".

After she asked several questions, board President Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave out of order and warned her that the public comment portion of the meeting was not a question-and-answer session.

The teacher was called upon a second time for comment and, after posing another question, the unidentified Abbeville city marshal on duty grabbed Hargrave and removed her from the meeting.

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

Superintendent Jerome Puyau reportedly told KATC that no charges were filed against the teacher. 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. She was later released on bond.

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

Fontana, who voted in favor of the final contract, said the board employs a city marshal to provide security during meetings. "It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher".

Global News reached out to the Abbeville Marshal's Office, but no one was unavailable for comment.

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.

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

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