US Teacher Handcuffed During Board Meeting For Questioning Boss's Raise

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While the board members did recognize it was the teacher's turn to speak, it's unclear if they called the marshal into the room to cut her off or if the officer acted on his own.

A Louisiana middle school teacher was removed from a Vermillion Parish school board meeting in handcuffs Monday evening after she questioned why the school district superintendent was receiving a $38,000 raise when rank-and-file teachers and support staff haven't gotten a pay raise in years.

After continuing to criticize the board, Hargrave had been asked to leave and was escorted into the hallway where the incident occurred.

"Hold on, I am way smaller than you", the woman then said to the marshal as he shoved her toward an exit. In a longer video posted on YouTube by a reporter for the Abbeville Meridional, the officer is heard telling Hargrave outside the building that he had given her "many lawful orders to leave". After Hargrave posed several questions, board president Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave out of order, warning her that the public comment section was not for a question-and-answer session.

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Told a statement, '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 superintendent said that the board would not press charges against Hargrave, but records showed that she was booked in jail, KATC reported. Shortly after being escorted out of the meeting, Hargrave was handcuffed by an Abbeville city marshal.

Before the vote, Ms. Hargrave spoke when one of the officials at the board meeting invited comments from the audience.

The way that females are treated in Vermilion Parish, I have never seen a man removed from this room. The Abbeville Police Department did not arrest the teacher.

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The department said it has received numerous emails and phone calls about the arrest. 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.

Hargrave grabs her purse and leaves as some protest that Superintendent Jerome Puyau had been addressing the teacher even as she she was being forced to leave.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said it was investigating as well.

On Tuesday morning, Hargrave's Facebook page was filled with supportive comments, some thanking her for taking a stand.

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

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