US Teacher Handcuffed During Board Meeting For Questioning Boss's Raise

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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.

After she was called on a second time, a city marshal stepped in and asked her to leave. She wasn't making a fuss, she was pointing out something he didn't want public, they used arrest tactics to remove her when she was already leaving and that's illegal'.

KATC reports the teacher was booked into jail. Shortly after being escorted out of the meeting, Hargrave was handcuffed by an Abbeville city marshal. Later in the same meeting, she spoke again in response to a question from the board, and was confronted by the marshal despite objections from the audience.

Pillette said he wouldn't be surprised if teachers decide to walk out to protest Hargrave's treatment, although they were at work Tuesday. During the public comments period, Hargrave was asked to stop asking questions, and she obeyed.

She was placed in an Abbeville police patrol vehicle. "Due to the location of her arrest and the arresting agency's jurisdiction, which includes the city limits of Abbeville, she was booked in and bonded from the local police department".

No charges will be filed against a Vermilion Parish teacher who was arrested at a school board meeting last night.

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The department said it has received numerous emails and phone calls about the arrest.

The Louisiana Association of Educators has weighed in and said the association's attorney is working with Hargrave on what to do next. It is every citizen's right to speak up for their beliefs'. Board members had always been split on renewal of the superintendent's contract, but the death of a board member in November changed the composition of the board.

'It was comments for the superintendent, ' Hargrave continues. The organization says the actions of the officer as "unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns".

Hargrave reportedly told district Superintendent Jerome Puyau that it was a "slap in the face" that he was receiving a raise. The Constitution prohibits the government from punishing or retaliating against people for expressing their views, and the fact that a schoolteacher was arrested at a public meeting of the school board is especially troubling.

It was not clear whether the marshal acted on his own or was directed by a board member. KATC was at the meeting when the incident occurred, the video FULL VIDEO is below.

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