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Arrested Louisiana teacher says First Amendment rights were violated, city marshal ‘needs training’

Waving signs heralding free speech and chanting “Stand by Deyshia,” about 100 people gathered in a light rain Thursday to rally to support Deyshia Hargrave — the Louisiana teacher ejected from a school board meeting and roughly handcuffed in a video-recorded arrest after she questioned her superintendent’s pay raise.

Hargrave, near tears at times, thanked supporters who stood by her after the arrest and emphasized the need to speak out on important issues.

“I hope and pray my experience will empower you — my students, young women everywhere — to know that you have a voice,” Hargrave told the crowd. “Use it. Many, many women suffered tremendously and sacrificed greatly for us to have this voice. … And this is for the boys, too. You matter.”

She was backed by fellow teachers wearing black T-shirts that read: “#standbydeyshia.” Signs held by members of the crowd included one reading, “We will not be silenced.”

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