BROOKSVILLE — Two teenage girls face criminal charges for their roles in a schoolyard brawl at Central High School that ended with one of the students pushing an assistant principal, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
The girls, one 16 and the other 17, who are not being identified by the Times because they are juveniles, were arrested and booked into the Hernando County Jail on Tuesday.
Both students were charged with assault and battery on school personnel and disorderly conduct, while the 16-year-old girl also faces charges of battery and resisting and obstructing an officer without violence. The girls were released from jail later in the day to the custody of their parents.
According to the arrest report, the 16-year-old girl and a third, unidentified female student got into a verbal confrontation at the school about 7 a.m., before the start of school.
As the girls screamed at each other, the 16-year-old allegedly swung at the other girl and missed, but managed to grab the girl's ponytail.
The school resource officer at Central said hundreds of students gathered at the scene, watching the girls scream and swing and claw at each other as school staff members tried to break up the fight. The deputy and an assistant principal tried to pull the 16-year-old away from the fight and tried to lead her away to the school's front office.
When the girl resisted, the officer said she placed the teen in handcuffs and took her to the office. The girl repeatedly tried to continue fighting with the other girl, who was in a nearby office, according to the report.
Later, in the office, assistant principal Laura Kane told deputies that the teen had pushed her in the chest and shoulder area while trying to resume the fight.
Another assistant principal, Sue Lisk, said the 17-year-old girl had pushed her away during the fight as she attempted to help her friend, the 16-year-old.
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