Deyshia Hargrave, who was removed from a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting and subsequently arrested, has issued her first statement via a Facebook video.

The Louisiana Association of Educators posted the video to Facebook with this message:

Deyshia Hargrave was taken from a school board meeting in handcuffs this week after questioning a raise given to the Vermilion Parish Schools Superintendent, despite years of stagnant wages for educators that have made it difficult to retain the educators Vermilion students deserve.

We #standbydeyshia! 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. Vermilion Association of Educators