A former substitute teacher was arrested and charged Thursday for starting a "fight club" in his classroom at a CT high school.
Ryan Avery Fish, 23, is accused of encouraging students to smack each other in one-on-one fights in the classroom. Video also showed Fish giving directions to students engaged in the fight and moving a trash can out of the way so they could continue, according to police. Police learned of the weird situation after four students came forward and revealed what was actually going on when Fish was a substitute. One student has told police Fish also tried to get in good with them by letting them draw pictures of male anatomy on the board and dishing about his past drug use, per the warrant. However, upon learning just how much trouble he was in, he appeared remorseful.
He also mentioned, "the truth is I'm an idiot and wanted to befriend them".
"I'm effectively making about the same or maybe a little less than I was 10 years ago after you take inflation into account", he said. I thought these kids are just being rambunctious, I thought they just needed an out, ' he said. The student told deputies that he and Knight were "smack talking" when Knight took his shirt off and challenged the student to a fight, according to the arrest affidavit.
The victim's age has not been revealed, but Owen has been charged with custodial sexual battery on a victim between 12 and 18 years old, a first-degree felony, according to the Miami Herald. Eventually the concerns made their way up to the superintendent, who promptly dismissed Fish. They only learned of the incidents in mid-December, when a social worker reported that a clearly traumatized 16-year-old had just been sent for a mental health evaluation, after reporting being beaten and robbed at school.
"It's just really hard to be gone and we are always conscientious of what our students are missing when we are not there and how that's going to impact them", Coil said. "So I don't have to stop at the pharmacy, I don't have to get in contact with my mail order pharmacy, and I walk away with what I need in my hands". "At the time, based on the initial video that I viewed and the information I was provided, I didn't feel that this was a law enforcement matter".
While it's possible some teachers may return to the Capitol on Friday, especially because many districts have already declared schools closed for that day, it seems likely most Oklahoma schools will reopen by Monday. Still, Fish reportedly encouraged him to continue to fight after he stopped stumbling around.
More than a dozen teachers filed paperwork this week to run for state House and Senate seats, many of them first-time candidates inspired by the teacher walkout that has shuttered schools across the state for a second consecutive week.
"This is making a statement, it's making a statement that you know the teachers and kids believe in their cause", smith said.