The officers denied that excessive force was used, saying the man had resisted arrest during a dispute over his lawn.
"If a teacher has the authority to send a student, who is acting up and she can't control, out of the classroom to the principal's office, under our policy we have the same rules", Fontana said. "It's sad that a woman has to be forcibly, violently removed from a board meeting for people to start caring".
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on his statewide radio show that he doesn't believe Hargrave should have been arrested and that he was alerted to the arrest by his wife, Donna Edwards, who was a music teacher.
"My voice was silenced during audience concerns for the superintendent", she said.
"I know there is going to be an investigation, but that was terribly unfortunate". Meanwhile, the superintendent of Vermilion Parish Schools says he, his staff and his family have received death threats over the incident.
The Louisiana Association of Educators and Vermilion Association of Educators hosted the rally for Hargrave at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 11 at Magdalen Square in Abbeville.
Hargrave's arrest has sparked discussion of other concerns in the community, too.
"My voice was silenced".
"I was dependably shown that what's privilege is correct and what's wrong will be wrong, and when you see something you should state it's wrong ... so I stood up", she said. So please don't let the conversation end with me.
"Everybody wants to side on the poor little woman who got thrown out", Anthony Fontana, the VPSB president, said to WAFB.
Nor has he addressed Hargrave, who said Thursday that she was "definitely" owed an apology. "I've never been handcuffed in my life".
"I've stopped reading them because they're just so bad and disgusting", Puyau said, at times struggling to compose himself in an interview with The Associated Press.
School board member Laurie Leblanc did speak out for Ms Hargrave after the incident, saying: "what happened here tonight, the way that females are treated in Vermillion Parrish..." "When the media leaves, I still want people at those meetings". "The ACLU of Louisiana will continue to investigate this incident and defend the constitutional rights of all Louisianans. I should have stood up", he said. After a verbal exchange, school board member Kibbie Pillette said Vermilion Parish School Board President Anthony Fontana beckoned to a school resource officer hired by the board, who confronted Hargrave, ordering her to get her things and go. She sat down and the meeting went forward.
As the department prepares for an incoming winter storm that Chief Hartung calls "Snowpocalypse", the officers have dealt with an influx of spiteful comments, direct messages, and posts on its Facebook page.
The turmoil followed the board's 5-3 vote Monday night approving a new three-year contract raising Vermilion Schools Superintendent Jerome Puyau's salary by roughly $30,000, to about $140,000 annually, with incentive targets that could add 3 per cent a year. Shortly after being escorted out of the meeting, Hargrave was handcuffed by an Abbeville city marshal.
However, Hargrave added, "They're fine, so I'm fine".
The video shows Hargrave getting handcuffed on the floor of a hallway.
They have since been passed on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police, Fontana told The Advertiser. Asked how he saw that, he said he had left his seat at the front of the room to see what happened.
Hargrave was booked into the nearby Abbeville jail, accused of one count of resisting an officer and one count of remaining after being prohibited.