BROOKSVILLE — A 38-year-old Pasco County elementary school teacher was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated assault after she grabbed a knife and struggled with her husband at their home west of Brooksville, deputies say.
Amy Michelle Weaver, a teacher at Lake Myrtle Elementary School in Land O'Lakes, was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center and released later Sunday after posting $1,000 bail, records show.
A Sheriff's Office arrest report gives this account:
Joshua Weaver told a deputy the couple got into an argument in the bedroom of their home on Southern Charm Circle about 1:30 a.m. because his wife didn't want him watching TV.
Joshua Weaver threw the remote under the bed, picked up the TV, threw it to the ground, stomped on it and then tried to leave.
Weaver said his wife got a knife from the kitchen, followed him outside and threatened to slash his truck's tires to keep him from leaving. Weaver said he was trying to calm his wife down when she raised the knife over her head and made a downward stabbing motion toward him.
"Joshua said he was afraid for his life and put his hands up and started to grab the knife out of her hands," deputy Shaun Duval wrote.
Joshua Weaver said he wrested away the knife and accidentally cut his thumb. He left and later refused medical treatment.
Amy Weaver admitted to grabbing the knife to slash her husband's tires and said she accidentally cut her own hand during the struggle, the report states. She said she threw some of her husband's belongings onto the front lawn after he left. She said she was never afraid of her husband hurting her.
"I am not a b----," she said, according to the report. "I don't call police. He is a b----. That is why he called."
The couple's two daughters were home at the time and said they saw Weaver grab the knife from the kitchen, but they did not see the struggle outside.
Weaver was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony.
Weaver, who started teaching for the Pasco district in 1997, was put on paid leave Monday while the district investigates the incident, spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.
Weaver was arrested in Pasco in February 2013 on a misdemeanor battery charge that was dropped the following month, state records show.
Staff writer Alex Orlando and researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Tony Marrero can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1431. Follow @tmarrerotimes on Twitter.