Teacher handcuffed, removed from school board meeting after asking about teacher pay

On Monday, Deyshia Hargrave, a teacher at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, attended a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting to ask how the board could authorize a pay increase for the superintendent while school employees haven't seen a raise in years, KATC reported.

Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school teacher in the Vermilion Parish school system, was videotaped being escorted out of a room and then wrestled into handcuffs by a city marshal on January 8. "I feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers, any other support staff we have".

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

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.

"He's putting her in handcuffs right now", a man can be heard saying on a video taken from inside the meeting room.

Following the weird - and violent - arrest, Vermilion Parish School Board Superintendent Jerome Puyau told the local news outlet the district won't press charges against Hargrave.

The marshal handcuffed Hargrave and struggled briefly with her on the floor before removing her from the building.

Hargrave was questioning why the superintendent would get a raise while teachers haven't seen a bump in pay in years, according to the news station.

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. "We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have".

"What are you doing?" she is heard exclaiming in the video, as she was led away to a cruiser outside.

While she was being recognized by the superintendent, an Abbeville city marshal approached her and asked her to leave.

Hargrave added that the raise was unwarranted, saying teachers and students have met their performance targets while class sizes have grown.

Hargrave has yet to comment on her removal.

It's unclear if the marshal received orders from board members or if he was acting on his own.

  • Rogelio Becker