Threats prompt lockdown after teacher handcuffed

Andrew Cummings
January 13, 2018

She questioned Puyau's raise, given that teachers haven't received an increase in 10 years, despite growing class sizes and other demands.

The police department has been receiving hate messages since a school resource officer for the Vermilion Parish School Board in Louisiana arrested a middle school English teacher Monday night.

"It should not have happened and it cast a negative light on our state and, you know, it's very regrettable", he said. "Just show up. Just do something".

Hargrave found herself in hot water during Monday's meeting when, during a public comment period, she questioned a new contract for Superintendent Jerome Puyau that reportedly gave him a $38,000 pay raise and a auto.

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.

The American Civil Liberties Union and her teachers union are investigating the case.

Superintendent told the ABC affiliate KATC that he had called the police afterwards to notify them the school board did not want to press charges for the meeting disruption, but it remains unclear whether the arresting officer was acting under his own accord or at the direction of a member of the school board. The officer followed her into the hallway, where moments later, a camera recorded her on the floor with her hands behind her back, being handcuffed and complaining that the officer had pushed her down.

This story has been corrected to show that Fontana's first name is Anthony and that he is the Vermilion Parish School Board president.

She was pressing for answers as to why the Superintendent was granted a $30,000 salary raise.

Outrage sparked across social media this week as video of the Hargrave being forcibly removed from the meeting went viral.

KATC-TV reports that Hargrave later bonded out of jail on charges of "remaining after being forbidden" and resisting an officer. She was released on bond.

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

"Today my heart is broken for many reasons, but my will is not". No details were immediately available on the superintendent's pay, benefits or raise.

When asked what he did wrong, Puyau told CBS, "I should have stood up, OK?" It's what you want to hear and it's the truth. "I should have stood up [and said, ] 'Let her speak'". "Anyone's families. Anyone in Vermillion Parish", Puyau said. The school was even forced to go into lock-down. "I think the whole world knows we can, you see it", he said.

"I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise", Hargrave said at the meeting.

On Wednesday, Hargrave told NBC News she was still shaken.

However, Hargrave added, "They're fine, so I'm fine".

The Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) and Vermilion Association of Educators said they are facilitating this current evening's rally in Abbeville, Louisiana, in help of Hargrave and the instructors and understudies of Vermilion Parish.

He said the raise matches what other school officials make in similar jobs.

"This didn't happen to this 'little woman, ' as he calls her, but her name is Deyshia Hargrave".

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