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Published On: Fri, Apr 13th, 2018

Connecticut teacher Ryan Fish arrested for overseeing a ‘student fight club’

A Connecticut high school substitute teacher was arrested for supervising a student “fight club” after several cell phone videos showed the man, Ryan Fish, supporting slap fights during a math class at Montville High School.

Fish, 23, was taken to the principal only to say that, “Boys will be boys,” that he grew up in the country, and “Boys do stuff like that.” Fish was fired on October 17.

Ryan Fish

In December school resource officer, Officer Karen Moorehead, wrote the arrest warrant affidavit because that was when the Juvenile Court Liaison, Tammy Algar, reported the incidents at the school to the police.

According to the arrest warrant filed by Moorehead, there were four victims; Victim 1: a 15-year-old; Victims 2&3: two 16-year-olds, and Victim 4: a 14-year old.

According to the arrest warrant, on December 14, 2017, the Juvenile Court Liaison, who is a social worker, reported to the police that victim 1 showed signs of being traumatized, robbed and beaten. The next day, Officer Moorehead visited the school and spoke with the assistant principal, Tatiana Patten, who told her that on October 10, 2017, she had been made aware of a “fight club” happening in a math class. Patten reported that multiple videos had been made showing “slap-fighting” in the class. Patten said that victim 1 and victim 2 were fighting in the classroom, though neither was a member of the class. Victim 1 told Patten he was not a willing participant in the fight.

Victim 4 told Moorehead that in one instance, he was in Fish’s class when victim 3 walked in and without any warning, hit him and “the fight was on.” He said Fish moved things out of the way so the fight could last longer. He added that the fight ended when victim 3 wound up throwing up in a trash can, but when victim 3 was done throwing up Fish attempted to restart the fight by saying, “Round two,” but it didn’t restart because the bell rang. Victim 4 said the fight between victims 3 and 4 went several rounds.

Victim 3 said he didn’t feel that Fish had done anything wrong, but also said the fight he had with victim 4 was to establish “dominance.”

Fish can be seen in one video positioning himself in front of the doorway leading to the hallway.

According to The Day, “Patten has been on leave since January pending separate investigations by the school district and police.”

Fish told police he was “immature” and an “idiot” who wanted to befriend his students.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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