ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The Orange County Sheriff's Office said a gas station across from Oak Ridge High School was the scene of a student fight, Wednesday morning. Michael Duncan, 18, was one of three arrested when deputies arrived at the scene.
“Reviewed the affidavit, found probable cause,” an Orange County Judge said at Duncan’s first appearance. “I appoint the public defender, set your bond ad $250. You also qualify for pretrial release.”
Duncan said it all started when he and a friend were approached by another group of students.
“So then we seen a group of boys coming towards us, we looked at each other. So we already knew what was going to happen,” Duncan recalled.
Deputies said it was a huge fight, with about a hundred students watching it all happen. They said Duncan’s friend, who was also arrested, bashed another student's head against the side of a truck, sending him to the hospital. Duncan claimed it was all self-defense.
“I knew he was going to swing at me or do something, so when he swung at me, that's when I was like, 'I got to fight him now,' because he won't stop. So I just fought him,” Duncan said.
Duncan’s friend, who's under 18, was charged with aggravated battery. Duncan was charged with disrupting school activities. He said it's time to set things right.
“I'm just going to get on the right track. Switch schools, probably,” Duncan said.
The victim has been released from the hospital. His dad does want to press charges. Orange County Public Schools officials put out a statement saying they take these matters very seriously and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.