Teacher removed from school board meeting in handcuffs

A language arts teacher in Louisiana was handcuffed just moments after she condemned the school district's superintendent for accepting a raise.

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.

"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. Hargrave was then called on a second time to speak and asked the board another question, KATC reports.

When she voluntarily left the room, the officer jumped into action in the hallway, forcing Hargrave to the ground and handcuffing her. Hargrave was arrested for resisting an officer and remaining after being forbidden, but the school system is not pressing charges, KATC reported. "We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have".

"What are you doing, can you explain!" She has since bonded out.

As an organization that advocates for the dedicated school employees of Louisiana, we firmly denounce the mistreatment of Ms. Hargrave, a loving parent and dedicated teacher serving the students of Vermilion Parish.

"If [Moreno] wants to run and people put him in, then you do your contract and raises, or whatever you deem necessary", she said.

Hargrave was placed in handcuffs before she was escorted from the building.

At least one school board member said at the meeting that the treatment Hargrave received was unacceptable, noting that she had "never seen a man removed from this room". Ms Hargrave did not appear to be raising her voice during the meeting.

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.

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.

  • Joey Payne