On January 08, 2018, in a meeting of the Vermillion Parish (Louisiana) school board, teacher Deyshia Hargrave questioned board approval of a $38,000 pay raise for the district superintendent, Jerome Puyau.
Within minutes of being told she must leave the meeting, Hargrave was forcibly thrown to the ground and arrested as she was in the hallway leaving the building by a school officer, Reggie Hilts, who has a history of using excessive force.
Puyau, who chose not to intervene in the situation, later admitted that he “should have stood up, okay?”
In March 2018, Louisiana attorney general Jeff Landry sued the Vermilion Parish School Board for creating a hostile atmosphere at its meeting.
Ten months following Hargrave’s terrible experience, on November 08, 2018, Louisiana judge David Smith of the 15th Judicial Court ruled that the Vermilion Parish School Board “violated open meetings law by not opening up…
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