Teacher handcuffed, removed from school board meeting after asking about teacher pay

Abbeville, La. - A middle school teacher in Louisiana was removed from a school board meeting in handcuffs on Monday after she spoke out on pay.

According to KATC-TV, Hargrave addressed the school board during the public comments portion of the meeting focused on teacher salaries and pay raises.

A city marshal on duty at the meeting approached her as she continued to speak and directed her to leave the room. Moments later, Hargrave is seen being taken to the ground, handcuffed, and dragged out of the building by the much larger marshal as fellow teachers looked on in horror. "I'm going to use the word 'absurd, ' that we're even considering giving [Puyau] a raise when these teachers are working this hard and not getting a dime", she said. After Hargrave posed several questions, board president Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave out of order, warning her that the public comment section was not for a question-and-answer session.

KATC, of Lafayette, had a crew at the meeting and was videotaping it, along with another person who shot video, The Times-Picayune reported. The board does not plan to press charges against the teacher.

Records indicate Deyshia Hargrave was booked into the city jail with remaining after being forbidden and resisting an officer.

Global News reached out to the Abbeville Marshal's Office, but no one was unavailable for comment.

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The video continues with the officer holding Hargrave next to a police auto and threatening those standing nearby, "Somebody else about to get arrested ... public intimidation".

On Tuesday morning, Hargrave's Facebook page was filled with supportive comments, some thanking her for taking a stand.

The Louisiana Association of Educators who is representing Hargrave released the following statement on the incident denouncing the treatment Hargrave experienced.

Hargrave added that the raise was unwarranted, saying teachers and students have met their performance targets while class sizes have grown.

It remains unclear whether the marshal was acting on his own accord or on orders of the board members, according to KATC.

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