Although the Vermilion Parish School System is not pressing charges against her, the teacher removed from Monday night’s school board meeting has been booked into jail.
Records indicate Deyshia Hargrave was booked into the city jail with remaining after being forbidden and resisting an officer. The cooperation of the school system would not be required to arrest her on either of those charges; the officer could arrest her on his complaint.
Superintendent Jerome Puyau stated Monday night that he called to ensure that police knew the system was not pressing charges against Hargrave, but she was booked anyway, records show. She has since bonded out.
Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools, addressed the board during the public comments portion of the meeting to discuss teacher salaries and pay raises. After Hargrave posed several questions, board president Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave out of order, warning her that the public comment section was not for a question-and-answer session.
Hargrave was called upon a second time for comment. After posing another question, an Abbeville city marshal on duty at the meeting escorted Hargrave out of the meeting. Handcuffs were later placed on Hargrave as she was removed from the building.
It is unclear if the marshal was acting on his own accord or on the orders of board members.