Louisiana teacher handcuffed after speaking out at school board meeting

Randolph Lopez
January 10, 2018

Arrest records indicate that Hargrave was booked into the city jail for "remaining after being forbidden" and "resisting an officer," reported KATC, which added that the cooperation of the school system was not required for an arrest and the officer could apprehend her on his complaint.

He walked her out of the building in handcuffs as teachers and parents followed after her.

The station says the teacher had addressed the board about teacher salaries and raises, and school board president Anthony Fontana at one point ruled her "out of order".

After Hargrave, a Rene Rost Middle School teacher, posed another question, the city marshal on duty escorted her out of the meeting.

Board members told NBC News that the meeting was called to vote on whether to approve a new contract for superintendent Jermone Puyau.

She said that it was unfair that he was being given a performance-based raise when it was the teachers and students who were "doing the work" to meet those goals.

"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise", Hargrave said during the meeting.

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She was taken outside by a police officer, handcuffed, and arrested for resisting arrest.

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

With the board seemingly uninterested in answering the educator's concerns, an Abbeville city marshal then charged into view, confronted the woman, and demanded she leave the crowded meeting.

It's unclear if the deputy marshal was acting on his own accord-of if he was called on to have Hargrave removed.

"His job is to make sure that we have orderly board meetings, he knows what our policy is and he knows how to handle it", he said.

"What happened here tonight; the way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish, I have never seen a man removed from this room".

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