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Louisiana teacher handcuffed forcibly after asking questions at board meeting

first_imgLast modified on Tue 9 Jan 2018 17.15 EST Share on Twitter Shares2,3362336 This article is more than 1 year old Since you’re here… A Louisiana teacher who was forcibly removed from a school board hearing was booked on two crimes and bonded out of jail on Tuesday morning, court documents show.Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school English teacher in the Vermilion Parish School District was handcuffed and dragged out of the meeting by a town marshal on Monday night after voicing her concerns about a contract that would give a raise to the district’s top administrator. During the public comments period, Hargrave was asked to stop asking questions, and she obeyed. Then when she was called on again by the board, the marshal stepped up and asked her to leave. The exchange was captured in video footage that has since gone viral.Hargrave exited the room on her own, but once she reached the hallway, the officer took her to the ground and handcuffed her, leaving onlookers shocked. Court documents suggest she spent several hours in police custody before paying a bond to be released. Middle school teacher escorted out of the building by a town marshal after voicing concerns about contract including a raise to district’s top administrator Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp news US education Louisiana Louisiana teacher handcuffed forcibly after asking questions at board meeting Facebook Pinterest Twitter @JamilesLartey This article is more than 1 year old Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share via Email “What are you doing, can you explain!” Hargrave yelled as the officer picked her up from the floor and pushed her towards an exit, commanding her to “stop resisting”.Hargrave responded: “I am not, you just pushed me to the floor!”School superintendent Jerome Puyau, the man whose potential pay raise was being discussed in the meeting, said that no charges were filed by him or the board against Hargrave. She was, however, charged with “remaining after being forbidden” and “resisting an officer”, both of which can be brought by a marshal, and do not require the school board’s cooperation.It is unclear if the marshal was acting on his own accord or on the orders of board members or the superintendent.“Deyshia Hargrave’s expulsion from a public meeting and subsequent arrest are unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns,” said Bruce Hamilton of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana. “The constitution prohibits the government from punishing or retaliating against people for expressing their views, and the fact that a schoolteacher was arrested at a public meeting of the school board is especially troubling.”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.After Hargrave was removed, the board ultimately voted to approve Puyau’s new contract. Jamiles Lartey in New York Support The Guardian Topics Read more Tue 9 Jan 2018 15.29 EST Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Video of Deyshia Hargrave being handcuffed and dragged out of a meeting by a town marshal. Reuse this content Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Louisiana Share on Messenger ‘It’s madness’: Louisiana grapples with worst budget crisis in a generationlast_img

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