The Latest: Governor decries teacher’s arrest

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

3:45 p.m.

Louisiana’s governor says the handcuffing and arrest of a school teacher after she was ejected from a school board meeting “cast a negative light” on the state.

Gov. John Bel Edwards commented during his Wednesday radio show on the arrest of Deyshia Hargrave at Vermilion Parish School Board meeting. Videos show her complying with an officer’s orders to leave just before she was handcuffed. She was ousted after the board president objected to her questioning the superintendent’s salary hike at a time when teachers haven’t had a raise in 10 years.

Edwards, who is married to a teacher and gets support from teacher unions, said he “didn’t see anything that warranted that type of action.”


1:15 p.m.

The superintendent of a Louisiana school district says school officials have received hundreds of hate emails and harassing phone calls — including death threats directed at him and his family.

Jerome Puyau (PEE’-yoh) tells The Associated Press the threats started pouring in after videos spread of a teacher being ordered out of a school board meeting in Vermilion Parish — and her subsequent forceful handcuffing and arrest.

Puyau says emails alone total about 1,500. He said a large percentage make direct threats against him and the Vermilion Parish school system staff.

Videos show teacher Deyshia Hargrave being removed from Monday night’s board meeting after complaining about a pay raise for Puyau and a lack of teacher raises. She’s later seen being forcibly handcuffed and hustled out of a hallway.


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.

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.

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.

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