Abbeville Police Department issues statement after teacher arrest


Abbeville Police Department issues statement after teacher arrest

"Quit opposing", the officer is heard advising her after she was put in binds.

When it became apparent that Ms. Hargrave was being handcuffed in the hallway, the audience appeared startled.

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. He told her to "stop resisting", to which she replied, "I am not, you just pushed me to the floor".

Her issue was the superintendent's new contract.

Hargrave had asked several questions at the meeting, with board president Anthony Fontana responding she was out of order, declaring the meeting was not a question and answer session. Hargrave is an English language arts teacher at Rene A. Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, according to the school's website.

The superintendent's pay raise would "basically be taking money out our pockets", she said.

'Sir, I am way smaller than you' she cries as he pushes her out the door of the building. The Abbeville Police Department did not arrest the teacher. Then when she was called on again by the board, the marshal stepped up and asked her to leave.

Abbeville Police Department issues statement after teacher arrest

"I personally apologize for the Vermilion Parish School Board", she said, adding, "This is a sad day for Vermilion Parish". The Abbeville Police Department has received numerous emails and phone calls about the arrest but all questions concerning this incident should be made to the Vermilion Parish School Board.

The Louisiana Association of Educators has weighed in and said the association's attorney is working with Hargrave on what to do next. Board members had always been split on renewal of the superintendent's contract, but the death of a board member in November changed the composition of the board.

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave being approached by an officer at a school board meeting in Vermillion, Louisiana.

"As an organization that advocates for the dedicated school employees of Louisiana, we firmly denounce the mistreatment of Ms. Hargrave, a loving parent and dedicated teacher serving the students of Vermilion Parish", the union's statement said.

It is now unclear if the city marshal acted on his own accord or under the direction of someone on the board.

"Deyshia Hargrave's expulsion from a public meeting and subsequent arrest are unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns", the organization said in an emailed news release.

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