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Teacher handcuffed: School board accused of stifling debate

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 school board Thursday, March 8, 2018, over a meeting disrupted by the video-recorded arrest of Hargrave being roughly handcuffed on a hallway floor after she criticized the district superintendent’s pay raise. Attorney General Jeff Landry’s lawsuit accuses the Vermilion Parish School Board and its members of violating the state’s Open Meetings Law by stifling public debate at the Jan. 8 meeting. (KATC-TV via AP, File)
March 08, 2018 - 7:20 PM

KAPLAN, La. - Louisiana's attorney general has filed a lawsuit accusing a local school board of stifling public debate at a meeting in January disrupted by the video-recorded arrest of a teacher being handcuffed on a hallway floor.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's lawsuit accuses the Vermilion Parish School Board of violating the state's Open Meetings Law at its meeting Jan. 8 in which a teacher criticized a district superintendent's pay raise.

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave, whose arrest sparked outrage after the video spread online, called the suit good news for "anyone who speaks at public meetings."

It asks a court to nullify the meeting's voted pay raise for the superintendent.

One board member who opposed the raise applauded the suit. Others declined to comment or didn't answer messages.

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