UPDATE: KATC reports the Vermilion Parish teacher who was removed from the meeting and handcuffed in the hallway was arrested. This news comes after the school board said they would not be pressing charges. The teacher was reportedly booked into the Vermilion Parish jail and has since bonded out.


A special meeting of the Vermilion Parish School Board got a bit heated last night and a concerned educator ended up in handcuffs.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, got up to address the board during the public comments portion of the meeting to discuss teacher salaries and pay raises. Her big concern was that while teachers were asked to do more for little to no extra pay, the board was voting to increase the salary of current superintendent Jerome Puyau.

However, Hargrave was ruled out of order by board president Anthony Fontana, warning her that the public comment section was not a question-and-answer section.

As you'll see in the video below, while getting up to comment for a second time, Hargrave was confronted by an Abbeville city marshal on duty. She was asked to leave the building to which she appeared to abide to.

Once in the hall, Hargrave was placed in handcuffs by the marshal. (In the video below from Joshua Blake, you cannot see what happened for a few seconds once she left the meeting room and entered the hall.)

It is uncertain if the marshal acted on his own accord or was directed by the board.

Payou says that the board won't press charges against Hargrave.


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