Landry sues over arrest of teacher

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FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file image made from a video provided by KATC-TV middle-school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave is handcuffed by a city marshal after complying with a marshal’s orders to leave a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting in Abbeville, La., west of New Orleans. Louisiana’s attorney general sued a local […]

Louisiana’s Attorney General is accusing a local school board of stifling public debate following the video-recorded arrest and rough handcuffing of a teacher who asked questions during a January meeting.

Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a lawsuit accusing the Vermillion Parish School Board of violating the state’s Open Meetings Law, and seeks civil penalties against any board members found responsible for violating the law.

At the Jan. 8 meeting, Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school teacher, criticized Schools Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s roughly $30,000 pay raise, which brought his salary to about $140,000 annually.

Hargrave, who taught English, was arrested and wrestled to the hallway floor in a viral video that sparked outrage.

She said the suit is good news for “anyone who speaks at public meetings.”

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