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Deputies Taser, arrest mom at Tampa school

Published September 20, 2006

TAMPA - The mother of a Buchanan Middle School child was Tasered and arrested Tuesday after authorities said she yelled at a school bus driver, followed the bus to school and pushed a deputy.

Shannon Leah Snyder, 39, whose daughter attends Buchanan, was angry about the seating arrangement on the bus, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Hillsborough school spokesman Stephen Hegarty said Snyder had complained that her daughter was being required to sit on the floor of the bus.

Hegarty said the child was not required to sit on the floor of the bus, but bus driver Vivian Alexander arranged for the student to have an assigned seat.

Deputies said Snyder, still angry Tuesday, had a verbal altercation with Alexander at the bus stop, then followed the bus to the school, 1001 W Bearss Ave. There, Snyder yelled and cursed at the bus driver. A deputy asked Snyder to calm down, but she continued to yell, finally pushing the deputy, according to Carter.

When the officer tried to arrest her, she began to flee. After several warnings for her to stop, the deputy discharged his Taser and arrested Snyder, Carter said.

Snyder, who lives at 3208 Saddlebrook Ave., is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

[Last modified September 20, 2006, 00:59:12]

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