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Fight at Central High School in Spring Hill leads to arrest

SPRING HILL — A fight between two students Thursday at Central High School sent one teen to a hospital and another to the jail, and caused a ruckus involving hundreds of students who gathered to watched the altercation.

Hernando County sheriff's deputies arrested Russell James Laux, 18, of Spring Hill on charges of aggravated assault and disruption of a school campus.

According to an arrest report, Laux taunted the victim with a gang reference, accusing him of not being "a true Blood." He then threatened the teen if he crossed a crack in the sidewalk.

When the teen crossed the line, the report states, Laux threw him onto the sidewalk and kneed him in the head several times and shoved the victim's head into a brick wall.

The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Oak Hill Hospital for treatment.

Authorities said the incident caused several hundred students to gather and spurred several other fights before order could be restored. Students were late for class because they were unable to hear the bell during the commotion.

Records indicate Laux was arrested two other times in the past three months. In January, he was arrested on a charge of possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21. In December he faced charges of disorderly conduct and resisting and obstructing a law enforcement officer without violence. He was taken to the Hernando County Jail and held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Logan Neill can be reached at or 848-1435.

Fight at Central High School in Spring Hill leads to arrest 03/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 5, 2009 7:33pm]
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