A mother's trip to Fivay High School to discuss an educational issue with school staff turned violent Thursday morning when she and her two teenage daughters attacked the school resource officer, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
The deputy eventually used his Taser to subdue one of the 16-year-old sisters and end the confrontation, the sheriff's office reported.
Cpl. Richard Bynum was not seriously injured in the fight, which happened about 9 a.m. near a conference room where the family had come for the meeting, the sheriff's office and the Pasco County School District reported.
That conference became heated and loud, and when Bynum came to investigate the commotion, one of the girls, who had run out into the hallway, shoved him the chest, said Doug Tobin, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.
As Bynum tried to subdue her, the mother rushed into the hallway and grabbed the deputy's arms and shirt, Tobin said. The girl's sister, also a student at the school, punched Bynum several times and grabbed his shirt, Tobin said.
School staff members came to Bynum's aid, but the family continued to punch and grab him as he tried to hold back the first student who had attacked him, Tobin said.
That's when Bynum used his Taser on the girl to get her to stop fighting, he said.
The mother, Narci Yasaira Vazquez-Carillo, 35, of 7719 Salt Lane in Port Richey, and the sisters, Georgelys Natal-Vazquez and Ashley Pagan, both 16, all face criminal charges. The three are a family, but the girls are not blood relatives, Tobin said.
Natal-Vazquez, the girl Bynum used the Taser on, was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for treatment before being taken to the Pasco Regional Juvenile Assessment Center with her sister.
Natal-Vazquez was arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and disturbing school assemblies.
Pagan was arrested on charges of battery on a school official, battery on a law enforcement officer and disturbing school assemblies. She scratched and bit Assistant Principal Erik Hermansen as he tried to help the deputy, according to the sheriff's office.
Vazquez-Carillo was arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and disturbing school assemblies.
The two students also could face discipline at school.
School officials can't comment on their cases specifically because student discipline records are private, said Summer Robertson, a school district spokeswoman.
But Robertson said, in general, the student code of conduct calls for severe disciplinary measures for violent crimes, including the possibility of expulsion.
Typically in such cases, the principal initially suspends the students. Then the decision on whether to expel the students is up to the school board.