Teacher is handcuffed by officer at school board meeting

Posted January 10, 2018

Superintendent Jerome Puyau told the ABC affiliate KATC that he had called the police afterwards to notify them the school board did not want to press charges for the meeting disruption, but it remains unclear whether the arresting officer was acting under his own accord or at the direction of a member of the school board.

Noting that class sizes had grown, Hargrave told the Vermillion Parish School Board that it was "unspeakable" and "absurd" that the superintendent was getting a raise "when teachers are working this hard, and not even getting a dime".

When she asked another question, the Abbeville city marshal on duty grabbed her and forced her out, as shown in the video. Hargrave voluntarily left the meeting, but as she stepped out into the hallway, the marshal allegedly pushed her and then placed her in handcuffs.

"Stop resisting", the marshal says, hustling Hargrave toward an exit after lifting her to her feet.

The superintendent's pay raise would "basically be taking money out our pockets", she said. I don't care if the performance targets are met - you're making our jobs even more hard.

Hargrave was called upon a second time for comment.

A member of the school board interrupts her, saying that her question was not related to the evening's agenda.

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

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Board member Laura LeBeouf, who voted against the contract, said she was "very appalled" by the incident.

"Excuse me", she said to him.

School board member Laurie Leblanc did speak out for Ms Hargrave after the incident, saying: "what happened here tonight, the way that females are treated in Vermillion Parrish.I have never seen a man removed from this room".

LeBeouf added that Hargrave is "a great teacher, a great individual".

Hargrave later bonded out of the Abbeville jail on charges of "remaining after being forbidden" and resisting an officer, according to KATC.

Aside from these remarks, our association will honor Ms. Hargrave's wishes and refrain from any additional comments at this time, as the case is ongoing.

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.