A teacher was told to leave a school board meeting in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, after raising concerns about teacher pay. She was handcuffed and escorted out of the building.
Video footage of the ordeal has gone viral on YouTube, with over 1.9 million views.
The meeting was held to approve Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s new contract.
The teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene Rost Middle School, was questioning the school board about how they could vote to give the Superintendent a $30,000 raise in his new contract, while not giving the teachers a raise.
In the video, a security officer from the Marshal’s Office can be seen telling Hargrave to leave the room while she was in the middle of talking with one of the school board staff.
Once she leaves the room, a struggle is heard in the hallway. The video then shows Hargrave in handcuffs on the floor of the hallway, brought to a parking lot and placed in a police vehicle.
The teacher was booked into the Abbeville City Jail on charges of resisting an officer and “remaining after being forbidden.” She was later released on bond.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana condemned Hargrave’s arrest, stating that “Deyshia Hargrave’s expulsion from a public meeting and subsequent arrest are unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns”.
They also stated that in the United States, the Constitution “prohibits the government from punishing or retaliating against people for expressing their views, and the fact that a schoolteacher was arrested at a public meeting of the school board is especially troubling”.