Florida Woman Arrested After Hitting Student on the Head with Stun Gun 'Numerous Times,' Police Say

A Florida woman was arrested this week after being accused of repeatedly hitting a student on the head with a purple stun gun at a school campus, police say.

Susan Mary Strahsmeier, 42, of Gulfport, was detained Tuesday by officers from St. Petersburg Police Department and charged with possession of a weapon on school property and child abuse, according to a charge report published by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The mom allegedly attacked a child on Monday while getting involved in a dispute her daughters were having at Azalea Middle School, Tampa Bay Times reported.

An arrest report said Strahsmeier's children were in a "physical fight with multiple students" when she "involved herself in the physical fight by striking the victim numerous times in the back of the head from behind while holding a purple taser." The victim suffered minor head injuries, officials noted.

Police told the Tampa Bay Times multiple students witnessed the altercation and the agency had obtained video footage of the violent outburst. An additional charge had been added for violating probation on a previous criminal mischief charge, law enforcement said.

Strahsmeier was transported to Pinellas County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Prior to the December 3 arrest, the mother has been detained seven times since 2006, BayNews9 reported. It remains unclear what sparked the confrontation between the students at the Florida campus.

The victim who was injured in the alleged stun gun attack was not identified by police.

A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office media officer shared a police report with Newsweek, which confirmed two children had been involved in "physical altercations after school" and alleged Strahsmeier turned up at the scene armed with a tire iron.

"The defendant was observed holding a tire iron and walking towards students while threatening to strike [them]," the arrest report elaborated. "The defendant was also striking objects with the tire iron while threatening students, putting them in fear." It alleged the suspect was caught on video using the stun gun as "a clubbing object while punching a juvenile."

Azalea Middle belongs to the Pinellas County Schools district. The school's public information officer did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the incident.

"It is the policy of the School Board that all of its students, employees, and volunteers learn and work in an environment that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The Board will not tolerate bullying and harassment of any type," the district says online.

It adds: "Consequences...for a visitor or volunteer, found to have committed an act of bullying or harassment shall be determined by the school administrator after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate law enforcement officials."

The county clerk said a preliminary hearing was held yesterday. A no contact order referencing the victim was ordered. The two charges are third degree felonies, the records confirmed.

This article has been updated with comment from the sheriff's office.

Susan Mary Strahsmeier
Arrest mugshot: Susan Mary Strahsmeier, 42. Pinellas County Jail
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