Louisiana teacher handcuffed after speaking out at school board meeting

10 January 2018, 12:27 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Louisiana teacher handcuffed after speaking out at school board meeting

This teacher asked about raises at a school board meeting — and got arrested for

A video shows the stark moments when a teacher was handcuffed after protesting a pay raise for a superintendent in a Louisiana school district.

"A superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers, and any other support staff we have", Ms Hargrave noted.

She also posed several questions, and was warned to restrict her statements to comments only - even though the board was answering her questions, KATV reported.

As Puyau began to to directly address Hargrave, the city marshal officer asked her to leave. She could be heard in a video taken of the incident yelling that the officer pushed her to the ground and she was told by the officer to "stop resisting".

School superintendent Jerome Puyau, the man whose potential pay raise was being discussed in the meeting, said that no charges were filed by him or the board against Hargrave. She was later released on bond.

Board members told NBC News that the meeting was called to vote on whether to approve a new contract for superintendent Jermone Puyau. During the public comment portion of the meeting, Hargrave was called on to speak twice.

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Hargrave was booked into the Abbeville City Jail on Monday evening for the charges of resisting an officer and remaining on premises after being forbidden there, arrest records show.

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 in Vermillion Parish", Hargrave said.

It remains unclear if the marshal was acting under the orders of the board members in attendance, or by his own accord.

In an interview Tuesday, Vermilion Parish School Board President Anthony Fontana stated that he supports the deputy marshal's decision to remove the teacher from last night's school board meeting.

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.



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