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Teacher arrested, handcuffed after speaking up at school board meeting

Teacher arrested, handcuffed after speaking up at school board meeting

At the meeting, the board approved a new three-year contract for the superintendent that includes a $38,000 raise based on performance.

Video of the incident was first posted by local station KATC and a 12-minute version was also uploaded to YouTube.

She was taken outside by a police officer, handcuffed, and arrested for resisting arrest. Hargrave was questioning how the superintendent could get a raise, when teachers hadn't seen a pay increase in years. Ms. Hargrave asked the board, as the marshal tried to grab her arm. Handcuffs were later placed on Hargrave as she was removed from the building.

It is unclear if the security officer was ordered to arrest Hargrave and remove her from the meeting.

Footage from the Vermillion Parish School Board meeting, which has since gone viral, shows Deyshia Hargrave violently being pushed to the floor after following a city officer's orders to leave the meeting.

Superintendent Jerome Puyau reportedly told KATC that no charges were filed against the teacher. After being called on a second time, a city marshal stepped in.

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

"I'm not - you just pushed me to the floor", Hargrave responds as the unnamed officer begins to push her towards the exit.

"Superintendent, how are you going to take a raise" when classes have grown from 21 to 29 students? she asked.

A woman who was in the meeting later commented on the incident.

"His job is to make sure that we have orderly board meetings, he knows what our policy is and he knows how to handle it", he said.

"Excuse me", she said to him. Fontana said it would have been the marshal's duty to escort her out of the meeting but not arrest her unless she had committed a crime. "She's a great teacher".

Following Hargrave's removal and subsequent overnight booking into jail (fascist America has truly arrived) the Louisiana Association of Educators who is representing the teacher denouncing the way Hargrave was treated.

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

In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, image made from a video provided by KATC-TV middle-school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave is handcuffed by a city marshal after complying with a marshal's orders to leave a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting in Abbeville, La., west of New Orleans.