A Pasco County mother is under arrest, accused of being caught on video instigating a fight between two teenagers while being armed with a knife.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office says on the evening of April 12, Bennett drove her 13-year-old daughter to the area of Moog Road and Colonial Hills Drive so the child could fight with a 14-year-old girl. Bennett allegedly sent a Facebook message to the 14-year-old telling her where to meet for the fight.
Once there, deputies say Bennett got out of her vehicle while holding a folding knife, and told the crowd that had been gathering she would not allow anyone to join in the fight.
At least two cell phones recorded the fight, and were posted to social media. In the video, Bennett is allegedly seen yelling and encouraging her daughter to “get on top” of the 14-year-old. At one point, Bennett is seen kicking the 14-year-old in the side and pulling her to the ground by her hair, allowing her daughter to get on top of her and continue the fight.
According to her arrest report, Bennett said she admitted to encouraging the fight, because she felt her daughter was being bullied and needed to fight back.
The Sheriff’s Office has not released the video, because it is a child abuse case.