Abbeville Police Department issues statement after teacher arrest

Abbeville Police Department issues statement after teacher arrest

Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools, addressed the board during the public comments portion of the meeting to discuss teacher salaries and pay raises. During the public comments period, Hargrave was asked to stop asking questions, and she obeyed.

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. "I talked with the attorney for the school board, and they do not wish to pursue any charges against the teacher".

"I'm not - you just pushed me to the floor", a visibly shaken Hargrave responded.

"We are doing the work, the students are doing the work", Ms. Hargrave continued. I don't care if the performance targets are met - you're making our jobs even more hard. 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.

After the vote, Hargrave - who was permitted to speak by the board - told them, "How are you taking the raise when you are basically taking from the teachers and the employees under you?"

Hargrave reportedly left the meeting, but in the hallway cuffs were placed on her.

Outside the building, the marshal tells her she is being arrested for refusing to leave and resisting arrest. After being called on a second time, a city marshal stepped in. Ms. Hargrave asked the board, as the marshal tried to grab her arm.

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"When she realized she had to get out, she picked up her purse and walked out", LeBeouf said. A 4-4 deadlock became 5-3 in favor of the new contract as the appointed member voted in favor of the renewal, she said.

She was placed in an Abbeville police patrol vehicle.

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.

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

He orders Hargrave to leave the premises and she follows him out.

On Tuesday morning, Hargrave's Facebook page was filled with supportive comments, some thanking her for taking a stand. The organization says the actions of the officer as 'unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns'.

It was not clear whether the marshal acted on his own or was directed by a board member.

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