Louisiana teacher speaks out after being forcibly removed from meeting

Louisiana teacher speaks out after being forcibly removed from meeting

She also expressed concern about the way her students would feel about the video, but the wave of support she received since the incident has encouraged her to stand her ground.

"Hi. I'm Deyshia Hargrave, I'm a middle school teacher in Vermilion Parish".

Deyshia Hargrave previously spoke out against the Vermilion Parish School Board (VPSB) for voting to give the standing superintendent almost $30,000 raise, which she claimed was a "slap in the face" to hard-working teachers who haven't seen a boost in pay in years.

The teacher said she felt she was "definitely" owed an apology from the marshal and the superintendent.

Hargrave was arrested by the Abbeville Police Department but Abbeville city attorney and prosecutor Ike Funderburk told KATC that after watching the video, he will not prosecute Hargrave.

"He's our leader", she said, adding, "He's the top person in this school board and ultimately, he was speaking and he was interrupted like I was". There is missing video of the moments before the incident escalated. "It should not have happened and it cast a negative light on our state and, you know, it's very regrettable".

Puyau, fighting back tears, told NBC News that backlash over video of Hargrave's arrest has led to death threats against him and his family. "Speak out. Be vocal". The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said the episode raised serious constitutional questions and that it was investigating. And my voice was silenced during audience concerns for the superintendent. "By silencing my voice, they've also taken away, or tried to take away, my First Amendment right to speak".

"I was always taught that what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong and when you see something, you should say it's wrong even though it doesn't involve you", Hargrave said in the video. So I chose to speak out. And I'm appalled at this and you should be too. So please don't let the conversation end with me.

The entire incident was a "set up" meant to oust the superintendent, whom four board members have "been committed to getting rid of", Fontana added in his KATC-TV interview.

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The organization said it stands by Hargrave, who believes she deserves apologies from both the superintendent and the officer who placed her in handcuffs. "I've never been handcuffed in my life". Fontana can be seen to raise his gavel and lower it as Ms. Hargrave continues to speak to Puyau.

"And that's exactly what I was doing", Hargrave insists.

"It's sad that a woman has to be forcibly, violently removed from a board meeting for people to start caring", she said on "Today" of the response to the video. "We urge anyone whose rights have been violated to contact us". Critics of the school board point to footage of another recent board meeting, where a man made "an impassioned plea" about his recently deceased dad and wasn't removed as Hargrave was. She asked board members why they were raising the superintendent's pay - which was about $110,000 before the raise was approved at the meeting - when teachers had not received a raise for years. "We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries we have". And as I've been teaching the last few years, I've seen class sizes grow enormously.

For the Vermilion Parish School District, the damage is already done.

"Stop resisting", the marshal said, lifting Hargrave to her feet.

Hargrave was called upon a second time for comment. The superintendent's $30,000 raise is more than half of most teachers' salaries.

Hargrave was booked into the nearby Abbeville jail, accused of one count of resisting an officer and one count of remaining after being prohibited. She pulled back and soon left.

In an interview with WAFB, meanwhile, Fontana claimed Hargrave "could have walked out and nothing would have happened".

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