"He's a very good guy, he's a pastor, respectable citizen here, and is well-respected in the community", Puyau said.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose wife is a former teacher, said Wednesday on his call-in radio show that Ms. Hargrave shouldn't have been treated the way she was. "I am not! You just pushed me to the floor", Hargrave says.
Hargrave was handcuffed and taken into custody Monday after she was removed from the meeting, where she raised issues about the Vermilion Parish School System superintendent's new three-year contract that includes a raise, ABC Lafayette affiliate KATC-TV reported. Join teachers, education support professionals, parents, students, and public education supporters from around our state in saying: Every educator must be able to speak out without fear or retaliation on the issues that matter to educators, their students, and their communities.
The issue has become so contentious that the Vermilion Parish school board office went on lockdown Tuesday, but dozens are still overwhelming the OH police department located roughly 1,100 miles north.
Ms. Hargrave told the board she felt the vote should wait until after an election to choose a replacement, not with the interim member handpicked by Mr. Fontana.
Louisiana educators are gathering at a rally, January 11, 2018, in support of a teacher who was arrested at a school board meeting during an altercation caught on camera. Moments later - after briefly leaving the view of any cameras - she was on the hallway floor with her hands behind her back, being handcuffed and complaining that the officer was hurting her. Puyau asked. He acknowledged "there are things that we could have done differently", but believes "a person has to follow the rules".
She was booked into the city jail on charges of remaining where forbidden and resisting an officer, but the city of Abbeville's attorney has since said that no charges will be filed against Hargrave. "I didn't see anything that warranted that type of action", he said.
Puyau told the Daily Advertiser newspaper that he, his family and others in the school system had received death threats.
Superintendent Jerome Puyau said the hate emails and phone calls began pouring in after videos spread.
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"I've stopped reading them because they're just so bad and disgusting", Puyau said, at times struggling to compose himself in an interview.
She added: "It's sad that a woman has to be forcibly, violently removed from a board meeting for people to start caring".
"I think the whole world knows we can, you see it", he said. She asked board members why they were raising the superintendent's pay - which was about $110,000 before the raise was approved at the meeting - when teachers had not received a raise for years.
At the rally a letter was read from a mother in New Jersey who she said she frequently goes to school board meetings and speaks from "time to time". "Personally, I don't think he would have arrested her if it was up to him". "He's clearly apologizing, but then in the next sentence, he says that's what you want from me", said Breaux.
"He needs training", Ms Hargrave said.
Puyau has not responded to CNN's requests for comment.
"It was not good in any way", he said.
Abbeville is about 150 miles west of New Orleans. It took everybody by surprise.
But Anthony Fontana, the Vermilion Parish School Board president, then declared that her comment wasn't "germane" to the vote on the contract, and banged his gavel in an attempt to silence her. "We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries we have".