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Lafayette lawyer say video of teacher arrest shows "excessive force"

13 January 2018

Video of Deyshia Hargrave being arrested during a Monday night school board meeting has gone viral.

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.

Edwards, who is married to a teacher and gets support from teacher unions, said he "didn't see anything that warranted that type of action".

However, social media users are confusing the Vermilion PD in OH with the Vermilion Parish school board in Abbeville, La., where a teacher was arrested Monday and forcibly removed from a school board meeting for arguing against a superintendent's pay raise.

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

During the meeting, Hargrave questioned why Superintendent Jerome Puyau was receiving nearly a $30,000 pay increase with his new contract that was approved by the school board that night.

A Louisiana prosecutor says a teacher who was handcuffed and arrested after she spoke about teacher pay at a school board meeting won't be prosecuted.

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Now a local pastor and a resource officer at J.H. Williams Middle School in Vermilion Parish, Hilts hasn't spoken publicly about Hargrave's arrest.

"Please let her know that she is a role model for other students showing how to advocate for what she believes in", the letter said. It wasn't immediately clear when the charges would be formally dismissed.

The issue has become so contentious that the Vermilion Parish school board office went on lockdown Tuesday, but dozens are still overwhelming the OH police department located roughly 1,100 miles north.

The lockdown happened Tuesday in the school district in south-central Louisiana.

"He needs training", the middle school English teacher said.

Puyau said his staff and family have received death threats and obscene messages since the meeting.

"It's sad that a woman has to be forcibly, violently removed from a board meeting for people to start caring", she said on "Today" of the response to the video.

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The newspaper reports that Superintendent Jerome Puyau's new contract gives him $148,800 annually.

Public records show base salaries for Vermilion Parish teachers previous year ranged from $39,458 to $58,658. He escorted her from the meeting, and moments later she was handcuffed on the floor of a hallway. "Show up. You don't have to say anything, just show up".

"I feel like I was being more passionate at previous meetings than I was at this one", she added, insisting she never put a hand on the officer.

The station said that she had been ruled out of order by the school board's president Anthony Fontana for asking questions during a time reserved for public comment.

Arrest records indicate that Hargrave was booked into the city jail for "remaining after being forbidden" and "resisting an officer", reported KATC, which added that the cooperation of the school system was not required for an arrest and the officer could apprehend her on his complaint.

"Officer Hilts then grabbed me and shoved me into the building", he said.

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Lafayette lawyer say video of teacher arrest shows