Handcuffed teacher: board head should resign; marshal 'needs training'

'I'm appalled … and you should be, too': Vermilion Parish teacher speaks out after arrest

Who Is Deyshia Hargrave? Louisiana Teacher Responds To School Board Meeting Arrest

After the episode attracted widespread news media attention, the officer involved drew more scrutiny. "Stop resisting", he replied.

"It's sad that a woman has to be forcibly, violently removed from a board meeting for people to start caring", she said in the interview.

"I'm still not sure what he was so angry about, that's still my confusion", she said.

"I know there is going to be an investigation, but that was terribly unfortunate". Meanwhile, Puyau said he, his staff and his family have received death threats. Death threats against Puyau and others caused a temporary lockdown at the school board's office Tuesday. And the Louisiana Association of Educators and Vermilion Association of Educators are hosting a local rally Thursday afternoon in support of Hargrave, who was expected to speak at the event.

Hargrave's arrest has sparked discussion of other concerns in the community, too.

"I was dependably shown that what's privilege is correct and what's wrong will be wrong, and when you see something you should state it's wrong ... so I stood up", she said.

"I hope and pray my experience will empower you - my students, young women everywhere - to know that you have a voice", Hargrave told the crowd.

Vermilion Parish School board president Anthony Fontana then declared that her comment was not "germane" to the vote on the contract, and banged his gavel in an attempt to silence her.

"We're doing the work, the students are doing the work", Hargrave told the school board.

"I want my students and my children to be proud of me and I want them to see past my handcuffs and my arrest, and I want change to come from this", said Hargrave. "I've never been handcuffed in my life".

LAE President Debbie Meaux and National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said in a joint explanation, "As teachers, understudies are at the focal point of all that we do and the voices of instructors are fundamental to guaranteeing an incredible training for each tyke paying little respect to ZIP code".

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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 don't support our people getting arrested". "The ACLU of Louisiana will continue to investigate this incident and defend the constitutional rights of all Louisianans".

But the superintendent whose salary Hargrave questioned during the meeting, will not apologize for what happened.

In the end, the school board approved Puyau's raise to $140,188 - a salary boost of 27%.

Responding to the marshal, the teacher said, "I'm am not!" Hargrave continued to press the board members further, but she was eventually escorted out of the meeting by an officer on site.

Hargrave was called upon a second time for comment.

The turmoil followed the board's 5-3 vote approving a new three-year contract raising Vermilion schools superintendent Jerome Puyau's salary by roughly $US38,000, to about $US177,000 annually, with incentive targets that could add 3 per cent a year.

However, Hargrave added, "They're fine, so I'm fine". She pulled back and soon left. The two were briefly out of the view of cameras, and then the video picks up of the teacher on the floor, being handcuffed.

Asked by the AP on Thursday who's directly to blame for the incident, Hargrave said "Anthony Fontana".

Ms. Hargrave was arrested on charges of "remaining after having been forbidden" and "resisting an officer", according to Ike Funderburk, Abbeville's city attorney and prosecutor.

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