Louisiana teacher handcuffed at school board meeting

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A Louisiana school board president drew criticism Wednesday for his response to a video that shows a female teacher being forcibly removed from a school board meeting after questioning the school superintendent's pay raise.

Video showed Hargrave on the hallway floor being handcuffed, though it did not capture the moments just before her arrest. The Scott police chief said Hilts left the department in November 2011 for reasons having nothing to do with the incident.

TheChicago Tribune reported that while the teacher has declined to say with certainty that she will launch a lawsuit it, looks likely.

The Louisiana Association of Educators said in a statement: "As an organisation 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 governor said his wife told him she was "personally offended".

"Whether he needs to lose his job, I don't know".

"You can always use more money in the classroom, but when is a good time for a superintendent to get a raise?" She told NBC that Puyau's raise felt like "a slap in the face to everyone that [she works] with every day".

"So, please don't let the conversation end with me, please go to your local school board meetings, speak out, be vocal".

The Louisiana Association of Educators and Vermilion Association of Educators planned a protest march for Thursday afternoon, with teachers urged to wear black.

Just days after the educator's voice was silenced, many others joined together to send a clear and unified message. "By hushing my voice, they've likewise taken away, or attempted to take away, my First Amendment appropriate to talk. I should have stood up [and said, ] 'Let her speak'".

What could be more "American" than a local school board Town Hall meeting?

Hargrave was booked into the Abbeville City Jail on Monday evening on charges of resisting an officer and remaining on premises after being forbidden there, arrest records show.

"I wasn't sure how they were gonna feel about it", she said. "I've never been handcuffed in my life".

The Louisiana Association of Educators has created a petition after what happened so they can keep the conversation going.

The shocking arrest of Deyshia Hargrave has sparked outrage across the country. "The ACLU of Louisiana will continue to investigate this incident and defend the constitutional rights of all Louisianans".

Ms Hargrave said the blame for her arrest lies exclusively with Mr Fontana and called for him to resign.

Since those in attendance at Monday's board meeting were allowed to comment on superintendent Jerome Puyau's pay raise, Hargrave chose to make mention of the "serious issue" she had with such action occurring.

"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries we have", Hargrave added. And as I've been teaching the last few years, I've seen class sizes grow enormously. Fontana said the threats have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police.

Despite the backlash, Puyau has continued to defend his pay raise, telling CBS News that "it was time that we brought to the board a salary that's commensurate with what superintendents are making".

The meeting video shows Puyau was answering Hargrave's comment when the officer appeared and ordered her to leave.