Funderburk also said the marshal who arrested her is a school resource officer who is employed by the school board and he "was not acting in any official capacity on behalf of the city of Abbeville".
The Vermilion Parish teacher who made national headlines after she was handcuffed, removed from a school board meeting and booked into jail for asking questions about a big raise for the superintendent will not face criminal charges, according to KATC.
It remains unclear why Hargrave was handcuffed. She is heard reacting: "I am not - you just pushed me to the floor". He is heard saying to her that he had given her orders to leave, and Ms. Hargrave, standing in the dark against a auto, replied, saying she was "walking and asking you a question".
Puyau told KATC that the district will not press charges against Hargrave.
The board member said what was on the agenda was the superintendent's new contract and members of the audience answer back, "with a raise". Ms Hargrave did not appear to be raising her voice during the meeting.
Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school teacher in the Vermilion Parish school system, was videotaped being escorted out of a room and then wrestled into handcuffs by a city marshal on January 8.
'Sir, I am way smaller than you' she cries as he pushes her out the door of the building.
She was placed in an Abbeville police patrol auto.
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.I have never seen a man removed from this room". Board members had always been split on renewal of the superintendent's contract, but the death of a board member in November changed the composition of the board.
Neither the board president nor Superintendent Jerome Puyau returned phone calls or emails seeking comment.
The Louisiana Association of Educators has weighed in and said the association's attorney is working with Hargrave on what to do next.
He orders Hargrave to leave the premises and she follows him out.
Board members told NBC News that the meeting was called to vote on whether to approve a new contract for superintendent Jermone Puyau. Beyond these statements, LAE says they are refraining from making any further statements as the investigation continues.
On Tuesday morning, Hargrave's Facebook page was filled with supportive comments, some thanking her for taking a stand.
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