The Latest: Arrested teacher thrilled with lawsuit

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Latest on the Louisiana attorney general's lawsuit against a school board over a meeting where a teacher was handcuffed and arrested after criticizing a superintendent's pay raise (all times local):

5 p.m.

A Louisiana teacher whose video-recorded arrest and handcuffing at a school board meeting drew internet outrage says she's thrilled that the state attorney general has filed a lawsuit over the meeting.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's lawsuit, filed Thursday, accuses Vermilion Parish School Board members of violating the state's Open Meetings Law at the Jan. 8 meeting. Teacher Deyshia Hargrave was escorted out of the meeting and arrested after she criticized a salary increase for the parish schools superintendent.

The suit asks the court to nullify board actions at the Jan. 8 meeting, including its vote to raise Superintendent Jerome Puyau's salary by roughly $30,000. The suit also seeks civil penalties against board members.

Hargrave told The Associated Press that she had feared no action would be taken against the board.

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3 p.m.

Louisiana's attorney general has sued a local school board over a meeting disrupted by the video-recorded arrest of a teacher who was roughly handcuffed on a hallway floor after she criticized the district superintendent's pay raise.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the Vermilion Parish School Board and its members of violating the state's Open Meetings Law.

The suit asks the court to nullify all board actions at the Jan. 8 meeting, including its vote to raise Schools Superintendent Jerome Puyau's salary by roughly $30,000. The suit also seeks civil penalties against board members.

A deputy city marshal arrested middle school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave after escorting her out of the meeting room and handcuffing her in the hallway. A viral video of the arrest sparked widespread outrage.


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