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Fivay H.S. teen has run-in with police, girl Baker-Acted

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Hudson, Florida - It was clear to everyone that Sarah Ibanez was having a bad day.

The 16-year-old junior at Fivay High School was crying while visiting with her buddies on Friday, friends say. Her peers also tell 10 News that Sarah has, in fact, been suffering from emotional problems, among them her parents' divorce.

"She was just having a hard time, that's all. We were trying to help her," said her friend Taylor Moore-Sanders. "She just needed a little more time to collect herself and relax. That was it, she needed time."

It was "time" that Sarah was denied, her closest friends claim. That's when the incident happened.

Witnesses say they were shocked when they maintain that Sarah was thrown against the wall three times at Fivay High School by a Pasco County school resource officer.

Sarah's friends and family claim that it left her hospitalized with a concussion.

It all started, her buddies say, when they were told to "move along" while sitting and hanging out on campus. "They just wanted a few more minutes to move. That's all," claims Taylor. "They were moving, but it took them a few minutes. The Corporal got mad."

Witnesses say Sarah punched the wall out of frustration. 

That's when the school resource officer got involved. Friends say he got physical with the female teen who is five-foot-two, weighing roughly one hundred pounds.

"He didn't need to do that. She's little, he's huge. It was uncalled for," said Sarah's friend. "He didn't have to use force."

The Pasco deputy, a four-year veteran of the force, tells a completely different story. He claims Sarah was beating her head against the wall and the ground and that he had to restrain her to save her life and possibly the lives of others. 10 News was told by the Pasco Sheriff's Office that the teen was a danger to herself and that she needed help.

Sarah was Baker-acted and taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. The Pasco County School District claims that Sarah was out of control and needed to be stopped and that she was possibly on drugs.

Sarah's mother, Maria Lasater, says her daughter has never caused any problems at school, but does admit her teenager has had emotional problems. It was incredibly upsetting, Sarah's parents say, when they got the call.

"I began screaming," says Sarah's mother. "I couldn't believe it.  My daughter is now in the hospital. I can't believe this happened. What is going on at that school?"

Fivay High School has been plagued with problems as of late with the most recent situation being the arrest of two teens after they were caught allegedly having sex in the media center, videotaping it and sending it to others.

"It's awful here," said one student. "I'm scared to go to school. Our principal Mrs. Stone doesn't do anything to protect us. We aren't safe at school."

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