A Louisiana teacher was hauled off to jail this week after telling her local school board that it was a “slap in the face to the teachers” that the school’s superintendent was getting a raise.
Videos of the Vermilion Parish teacher’s removal from the local school board meeting went viral across the internet, gaining more than 21,000 views on YouTube in one day.
According to Fox News, the teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, addressed the school board about salaries and raises. Board's president Anthony Fontana said she was "out of order" after asking several questions outside of the question-and-answer portion of the meeting.
Then, an unidentified Abbeville city deputy marshal attempted to grab Hargrave after she was called upon and asked another question, Fox News reported.
The video depicts the law enforcement officer telling Hargrave to leave the room, then it shows her on the floor in the hallway as the officer cuffs her, NOLA.com reported.
Hargrave was booked into the city jail for investigation of resisting an officer and for "remaining after being forbidden," according to KATC-TV.
Vermilion Parish Schools Superintendent Jerome Puyau told KATC-TV that he called the police to let them know he would not press charges, but Hargrave was booked anyway. She has since bonded out of jail.
School officials called city prosecutor Ike Funderburk "to reiterate that the system wasn't interested in pursuing charges," according to KATC-TV.
The deputy marshal involved in the incident works at the Vermilion Parish schools as a school resource officer. The Abbeville Police Department issued a statement saying that the event has nothing to do with them.13 comments on this story
"In response to the numerous requests for the teacher's booking information, the Abbeville Police Department is cooperating as directed by law. The Abbeville Police Department did not arrest the teacher," the statement read. "Due to the location of her arrest and the arresting agency's jurisdiction, which includes the city limits of Abbeville, she was booked in and bonded from the local police department. The Abbeville Police Department has received numerous emails and phone calls about the arrest but all questions concerning this incident should be made to the Vermilion Parish School Board."
KATC-TV reported that it was not immediately known "if the marshal was acting on his own accord or on the orders of board members."