Louisiana teacher handcuffed forcibly after asking questions at board meeting

Marsha Scott
January 10, 2018

A Louisiana teacher who spoke out about a superintendent's pay raise during a Vermillion Parish school board meeting on Monday was escorted out and handcuffed by a marshal, according to KATC.

Hargrave was questioning why the superintendent would get a raise while teachers haven't seen a bump in pay in years, according to the news station.

Fontana, who voted in favor of the final contract, said the board employs a city marshal to provide security during meetings. At that point, a city marshal on duty at the meeting grabbed her and removed her from the meeting.

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

The teacher was booked into jail last night, even though the superintendent told KATC shortly after the meeting that he had called to inform police that the system didn't want any charges pressed.

Hargrave has bonded out of jail.

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Hargrave was called upon a second time for a statement, but ruled out of order by Fontana, explaining that the board was not taking questions. Hargrave was arrested for resisting an officer and remaining after being forbidden, but the school system is not pressing charges, KATC reported.

The video continues with the officer holding Hargrave next to a police auto and threatening those standing nearby, "Somebody else about to get arrested ... public intimidation".

The Abbeville town marshal's office, which made the arrest, the superintendent's office and the school board president all declined further comment on the incident.

The Louisiana Association of Educators posted a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon noting that Hargrave is a member and has spoken to the organization's attorney.

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. Ms Hargrave did not appear to be raising her voice during the meeting.

KATC said it was unclear whether the marshal was acting on his own or if the board asked him to remove Hargrave.

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