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Vermilion Parish teacher's arrest raises questions of gender inequality

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VERMILION PARISH -

In the aftermath of the Deyshia Hargrave's arrest, some are raising concerns about the treatment of women.

Amid a national women's movement, some are looking at this case very closely and posing a question 'would there have been a different outcome if it were a man?'

Moments after Hargrave's arrest the issue was raised. 

 "I have never seen a man removed from this room,"  Laura LeBouef, a Vermilion Parish school board member, said after the arrest. 

Along with LeBouef, some have implied that Hargrave may have been targeted because she's a woman.

The video has caused concerns, not just locally.  Daytime show, The Talk, weighed in on the viral video. 

"If that had been a male would he have been handcuffed and ordered out? She wasn't being violent," Sharon Osbourne said. "She wasn't lashing out at anybody and they did that because she's a woman."

Now some online are pointing to a recent video of a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting. 

During the meeting, the son of a former board member addresses the board with an impassioned plea regarding his father, who had died a few days prior.

Noticeably, no marshal appeared to intervene. However, board president Tony Fontana stands by the arrest of Hargrave. He says gender isn't the issue.

"The board member on the other side forgot that we banned the husband of one of the board members from coming back on board property because of acting out in an incident," Fontana stated about Lebouef's comment. "We couldn't ban the board member so we banned the husband who was involved in it. So all this stuff about  this is a woman's issue is B-S'"

On the topic of gender, Fontana is now facing even more criticism over an interview concerning Hargrave's arrest. 

"Everybody wants to side on the poor little woman who got thrown out," Fontana told WAFB during a phone interview. "Well, she made a choice. She could have walked out and nothing would have happened."

President of the Louisiana Association of Educators, Debbie Meaux, disagrees with Fontana. "This didn't have to happen to this 'little woman' as he calls her, but her name is Deyshia Hargrave."
 

Click here to read the full story and more on this incident from KATC 
 

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