Abbeville Police Department issues statement after teacher arrest

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Deyshia Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, was questioning a proposed $38,000 raise for the district superintendent during the meeting's public comment period when a city marshal asked her to leave. It was public comment only, not a question and answer session-although board officials were answering her questions. Several followed her into the hallway, and the video showed her on the floor and then standing, handcuffed, with the marshal behind her. "Stop resisting", he said as he walked her outside.

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

According to the Associated Press, a teacher's union lawyer is now investigating and a School Board member says there are talks of a strike.

Hargrave responded: "I am not, you just pushed me to the floor!".

"You're making our jobs more hard", she said.

KATC reports the teacher was booked into jail.

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?" She wasn't making a fuss, she was pointing out something he didn't want public, they used arrest tactics to remove her when she was already leaving and that's illegal'.

After the board approved the raise, Hargrave was again recognized by the board and voiced her frustrations.

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The instructor was called upon a moment time for input and, in the wake of offering another conversation starter, the unidentified Abbeville city agent marshal on obligation snatched Hargrave and expelled her from the gathering.

Ike Funderburk, Abbeville's city attorney and prosecutor, said he has reviewed the video and won't be prosecuting her.

"I don't think it needed to come to the extreme that it came to", she said.

"I personally apologize for the Vermilion Parish School Board", she said, adding, "This is a sad day for Vermilion Parish".

Hargrave grabs her purse and leaves as some protest that Superintendent Jerome Puyau had been addressing the teacher even as she she was being forced to leave. Any action that infringes upon this right is unlawful and unacceptable.

The station also reported that it is unclear whether the marshal acted on his own volition or was instructed to arrest Hargrave by a school board member.

'It was comments for the superintendent, ' Hargrave continues.

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