Abbeville Police Department issues statement after teacher arrest

Abbeville Police Department issues statement after teacher arrest

Abbeville Police Department issues statement after teacher arrest

Deyshia Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, was questioning a proposed $38,000 raise for the district superintendent during the meeting's public comment period when a city marshal asked her to leave. The disturbing incident took place after Hargrave asked school board members to justify the massive raise while teachers and school employees had reportedly gone without a pay hike in years.

"A superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers, and any other support staff we have", Ms Hargrave noted.

An Abbeville city marshal cut her off and directed her out of the room, despite protest from those in the crowd.

At least one school board member said at the meeting that the treatment Hargrave received was unacceptable, noting that she had "never seen a man removed from this room". Handcuffs were later placed on Hargrave as she was removed from the building.

After the board approved the raise, Hargrave was again recognized by the board and voiced her frustrations.

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"I am not, you just pushed me to the floor", Hargrave responds.

"Hold on, I am way smaller than you", the woman then said to the marshal as he shoved her toward an exit.

Abbeville city attorney Ike Funderburk told the Lafayette ABC affiliate that he would not approve any charges against Deyshia Hargrave.

"It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermillion Parish", Hargrave said.

The Abbeville town marshal's office, which made the arrest, the superintendent's office and the school board president all declined further comment on the incident. She was, however, charged with "remaining after being forbidden" and "resisting an officer", both of which can be brought by a marshal, and do not require the school board's cooperation.

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