The Latest: Attorney: Handcuffed Teacher Won't Be Prosecuted

Vermillion Parish School Board offices locked down Wednesday amid death threats from across the world in response to widely viewed video.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a Louisiana teacher at a school board meeting (all times local):

10 a.m.

A Louisiana prosecutor says a teacher who was handcuffed and arrested after she spoke about teacher pay at a school board meeting won't be prosecuted.

- Sponsors -

Widely viewed video shows middle school language arts teacher Deyshia Hargrave screaming on the floor as an officer handcuffs her and orders her not to resist.

KATC-TV reports that Hargrave later bonded out of jail on charges of "remaining after being forbidden" and resisting an officer.

Ike Funderburk, the prosecutor and city attorney in Abbeville, Louisiana, tells the station he won't approve the charges for further proceedings. It wasn't immediately clear when the charges would be formally dismissed.

- Partner Content -

Entergy’s Energy Smart Program Brings Cost Conscious Innovation to New Orleans

Offering comprehensive energy efficiency at no cost to the consumer, Entergy’s Energy Smart program incentivizes Entergy New Orleans customers to perform energy-saving upgrades in...

Vermilion Parish School Board President Anthony Fontana tells The Advertiser the officer acted appropriately and he stands by him "100 percent."

7:40 a.m.

A Louisiana school board's offices were temporarily locked down amid death threats from across the world in response to widely viewed video of a teacher screaming while being handcuffed at a school board meeting.

- Sponsors -

The lockdown happened Tuesday in the school district in south-central Louisiana.

Vermilion Parish School Board President Anthony Fontana tells The Advertiser the threats have come from as far away as South America, Australia and England, as well as other U.S. states. He said they've been reported to the FBI and local police.

Middle school language arts teacher Deyshia Hargrave had spoken out about teacher pay at Monday's meeting, questioning why the school superintendent should get a pay raise when teachers have gone without raises.

The newspaper reports that Superintendent Jerome Puyau's new contract gives him $148,800 annually. The average teacher salary in the district is about $47,000.

5:40 a.m.

A Louisiana teacher who spoke out about teacher pay at a school board meeting was handcuffed by a law officer as she screamed on the floor while the officer tried to gain control of her in a brief struggle.

In dramatic video posted by KATC-TV, the teacher yells at the officer that he'd just pushed her to the ground. The officer orders her to "stop resisting."

KATC reports that the skirmish involving Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school language arts teacher, and an Abbeville city marshal happened Monday during a meeting of the Vermilion Parish schools.

The station says the teacher had addressed the board about teacher salaries and raises, and school board president Anthony Fontana at one point ruled her "out of order."

She was then apprehended in the hallway.

Digital Sponsors / Become a Sponsor

Follow the issues, companies and people that matter most to business in New Orleans.

Email Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter