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Teacher: Lawsuit over her forcible removal seems likely

By STACEY PLAISANCE and GERALD HERBERT
Associated Press

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana teacher ejected from a school board meeting and roughly handcuffed in a video-recorded arrest after she questioned her superintendent's pay raise says she thinks a lawsuit is likely in the case.

Deyshia Hargrave declined, at first, to say with certainty whether she would file a lawsuit in the matter. She later said she felt like her First Amendment rights had been violated and, "I feel like, yeah, there will be a lawsuit filed for that."

About 100 people chanting "Stand by Deyshia" and waving signs heralding free speech gathered in a light rain Thursday night to support Hargrave. Near tears at times, she thanked supporters and emphasized the need to speak out on important issues.

The American Civil Liberties Union and her teachers union are investigating the case.

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