If you're a high school student, having a substitute teacher for the day typically means you'll be watching a boring video for the length of the class or doing some other kind of meaningless busywork, but students of substitute math teacher named Ryan Fish were treated to something entirely different.
A substitute teacher at Montville High School in CT is facing charges after allegedly holding a "fight club" in a classroom during school hours. "Student learning at schools affected by the strike has been halted for almost two weeks at a critical time in the academic year when federal and state testing requirements need to be completed".
Police said cellphone video shows Fish encouraging the students and moving items out of the way so the teenagers could continue fighting.
The fights were captured on cell phone video, and Fish can be heard on a video seeming to give the fighting students directions, such as at one time saying something to the effect of, "Move this way, away from the door", the police report said. He was arrested Thursday on charges of multiple counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor, and one count of breach of peace.
"It's more about the educational piece and that awareness - teaching our kids to be better prepared for these situations", Hall said, ABC News reported.
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The investigation into Fish's activities began in early December, after a anxious parent contacted the authorities, claiming that her son was beaten and robbed at school. Teachers who visited the capitol said they pushed lawmakers as hard as they could.
He said he raced to the school, where the principal told him "the substitute teacher assaulted your daughter and there are a few others who were involved". "I didn't have the training to know what was going on".
In total, he recalled at least four open-handed slap fights between September and his firing. "To be perfectly honest, I was just trying to reach the kids", Fish reportedly said.
"I think they really set themselves up to be the butt of a joke with them", Barish said.