School Board Prez Calls Busted Teacher 'Poor Little Woman'

School Board President Defends Teacher's Arrest

School Board President Defends Teacher's Arrest

Widely viewed video shows middle school language arts teacher Deyshia Hargrave screaming on the floor as an officer handcuffs her and orders her not to resist. "I am way smaller than you". "Just show up. Just do something".

Footage of Hargrave, a middle-school English teacher being removed from the meeting Monday evening went viral as she was forced into handcuffs by an officer and jailed for asking questions about pay policies.

About 100 people chanting "Stand by Deyshia" and waving signs heralding free speech gathered in a light rain Thursday night to support Hargrave.

She was pressing for answers as to why the Superintendent was granted a $30,000 salary raise. The teacher's union and the ACLU are investigating and two board members are complaining that the board treats women unfairly.

Deyshia Hargrave, a Louisiana middle school teacher is speaking out after she was forcibly removed from a school board meeting after questioning the superintendent about salaries.

When she voluntarily left the room, the officer jumped into action in the hallway, forcing Hargrave to the ground and handcuffing her.

Vermilion Parish School board president Anthony Fontana then declared that her comment was not "germane" to the vote on the contract, and banged his gavel in an attempt to silence her.

Ms. Hargrave was arrested on charges of "remaining after being forbidden" and resisting an officer.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday he saw nothing on the videos that warranted her rough treatment.

Hargrave returned to the classroom on Wednesday after the local prosecutor said he wouldn't pursue charges against the teacher.

"Today my heart is broken for many reason but my will is not", she concluded. No details were immediately available on the superintendent's pay, benefits or raise. He pulls her down a hallway and outside, as people from the meeting trail them. You have to follow rules. It's what you want to hear and it's the truth.

Rare White Crocodile Seen in Australian River
Rare White Crocodile Seen in Australian River

"So, I chose to speak out".

"He's a very good guy, he's a pastor, respectable citizen here, and is well-respected in the community", Puyau told the AP.

"So, please don't let the conversation end with me, please go to your local school board meetings, speak out, be vocal. It is not fair to our family", he said emotionally.

A rally is expected to be held Thursday in Abbeville, Louisiana, where many teachers plan to wear black to as they "stand in solidarity" with Hargrave, according to WAFB.

"A superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers, and any other support staff we have".

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Nor has he addressed Hargrave, who said Thursday that she was "definitely" owed an apology.

She thanked them for the correction with a laughing-so-hard-I'm-crying emoji.

Hargrave said she would like an apology from Puyau and the officer who arrested her.

LAE President Debbie Meaux and National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said in a joint explanation, "As teachers, understudies are at the focal point of all that we do and the voices of instructors are fundamental to guaranteeing an incredible training for each tyke paying little respect to ZIP code".

"As educators, students are at the center of everything we do and the voices of educators are essential to ensuring a great education for every child regardless of ZIP code", the groups said in a statement announcing the rally.

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