Kaplan teacher arrested, escorted out of meeting in handcuffs


KATC reports that Hargrave had asked several questions during Monday night's Vermillion Parish school board meeting, causing board president Anthony Fontana to rule her out of order because the public comment section of the evening was not meant for questions. Shortly after being escorted out of the meeting, Hargrave was handcuffed by an Abbeville city marshal. "Due to the location of her arrest and the arresting agency's jurisdiction, which includes the city limits of Abbeville, she was booked in and bonded from the local police department".

She questioned the raise a time when pay teachers and other staff has stagnated, despite larger class sizes and improved outcomes for students.

"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person in position of leadership getting any type of raise". "We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have". Superintendent Jerome Puyau told the station he called to make sure police knew the school board was not pressing charges.

Hargrave was placed in handcuffs before she was escorted from the building.

"Sir, hold on, I am way smaller than you!"

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Deyshia Hargrave, a teacher in the Vermilion Parish School System, asked questions regarding the board's consideration of a $38,000 raise for the superintendent of the school system. He told her to "stop resisting", to which she replied, "I am not, you just pushed me to the floor".

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

In any case, Hargrave was set up for the city imprison for "staying in the wake of being prohibited" and opposing an officer, KATC-TV revealed Tuesday.

An hour after the meeting was over, Puyau said no charges will be filed against Hargrave. The Abbeville Marshals Office has not returned telephone calls looking for input.