BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The Connecticut authorities recently arrested a 23-year-old substitute teacher who, allegedly, was encouraging his male students to fight each other during class. According to the individual’s claims, he was not trying to put together a high school fight club but rather provide his students with an outlet.
Substitute Teacher Confessed That He Was Trying to Reach Out to Them
On Thursday, a Montville Police Department spokesperson declared that 23-year-old Ryan Avery Fish, a substitute teacher at the Montville High School until last year, has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.
Fish, whose contract was terminated in October 2017, was charged with organizing a fight club during his classes, encouraging male students to slap and punch each other.
The investigation into Fish’s activities began in early December, after a worried parent contacted the authorities, claiming that her son was beaten and robbed at school.
After interviewing the students, the authorities realized that the alleged incident occurred during Fish’s classes. More than that, the substitute teacher was sacked from the Montville High School for a similar incident.
Brian Levesque, the high school’s superintendent, declared that he was only aware of one incident. Still, the investigation revealed that, throughout his employment, Fish organized several class fights and even taped one of them.
In a movie retrieved from the teacher’s phone the police discovered Fish sitting behind his desk and taunting a 16-year-old student to slap his opponent. So far, five students took part in Fish’s fight club, ages 14 to 16.
When confronted by the superintendent, Fish claimed that the children were just being rambunctious and needed something to blow off some steam. Subsequently, he told the authorities that this was his way of reaching out to his students and that he deeply regrets his deed.
For the moment, the former substitute teacher remains in county jail on a $75,000 bond.
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