Timeline of events leading to lawsuits against Vermilion Parish School Board


VERMILION PARISH, La. (KLFY) - It’s been a little over two months since Rene Rost Middle School teacher Deyshia Hargrave, was taken out of a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting.

And while the video was captured around the world, it also caught the attention of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and the Vermilion Association of Educators. As both are filing a lawsuit against the school board.

Here’s a brief timeline of what’s led up to this moment:

January 8: Deyshia Hargrave was dragged out of the school board meeting after raising questions over Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s salary raise, when teachers haven’t received a raise in years.

January 9: Superintendent Puyau defended the school board voting in favor of raising his salary.

“I’m not asking for a huge pay, I’m asking for one that’s commensurate to what other district’s are doing,” he stated.

That same day, former school board president, Anthony Fontana, defended the deputy marshal’s actions towards Hargrave.

“I think he acted proper,” he said.

January 11: A support rally was held for Deyshia Hargrave.

“You have a voice, use it,” said Hargrave in her speech.

January 19: Vermilion Parish School Board President, Anthony Fontana resigns.s

January 25: Stacy Landry was named president of the board.

March 8: Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a lawsuit accusing the Vermilion Parish School Board and its members, of violating the state’s open meetings law.

March 11: Vermilion Association of Educators follows suit. Posting a statement on their Facebook Page reading, “The executive board of the vae adopted a resolution and has authorized legal counsel to file a “petition of intervention.” we support open meetings laws and the rights of all citizens. along with the citizens of vermilion parish, we are very interested in how our democratic process plays out.”

To read the full statement from the Attorney General visit this link.

To read the full statement from the Vermilion Association of Educators, visit this link.

There’s still no word on the job status of the deputy marshal who took the teacher out in handcuffs.

Stay with KLFY and KLFY.com for more updates on this story.

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