A former substitute teacher was arrested Thursday for starting a "fight club" at a CT high school, according to police.
A former substitute teacher charged with starting a student "fight club" at a CT high school has said he encouraged the sparring because he wanted to "befriend" his students.
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.
Fish himself told police he saw the incidents as "horse play" and admitted he should have reported them to the administration, according to police documents. Police learned of the freakish situation after four students came forward and revealed what was actually going on when Fish was a substitute.
"Any new student I have, I tell them, 'We're all family, '" said Rosales, pointing out the popular phrase from the Disney cartoon that states, "Ohana is family". However, upon learning just how much trouble he was in, he appeared remorseful.
"The truth is, I'm an idiot and wanted to befriend them", he told investigators.
"All I knew was that a teacher was letting kids fight", said Montville High School junior Luke Hall. The warrant also says students recorded video clips on their phones and shared them on social media.
A 50-foot wide patch of dirt circled the Oklahoma state Capitol, a trail of dead grass created by tens of thousands of teachers who had spent the past two weeks marching around the building, rallying for an increase in public school funding. Eventually the concerns made their way up to the superintendent, who promptly dismissed Fish.
"What we're asking for is revenue streams that will be sustainable from this point forward, so that this walkout doesn't have to happen again in the coming years", she said.
As soon as school officials found out about the fighting, Fish was sacked October 10.
"I want the parents and students to realize we're all on the same page".
"They don't understand the mind and heart of a teacher", said Cooper, pointing to the Capitol.
The walkout ends with roughly the same amount of extra education spending secured before the nine-day action began: about $479 million for teacher and support staff salaries and school needs for the upcoming fiscal year.
Fish had initiated that fight by counting to three, the 14-year-old told police.
At the beginning of the walkout, Oklahoma Education Association officials would not give a specific amount, rather saying they wanted lawmakers to restore a portion of the $200 million that had been cut from school budgets over the past decade. He said that the secretary had accepted his demand and ordered the officers concerned to make a committee for looking into matter and take action against the responsible officers through Peeda Act within 15 days. He said that he thought they were being "rambunctious".
Juhola on Friday called it "disturbing" that fights were allowed, and encouraged, in class.
Fish couldn't be reached for contact after his arrest, but reporters interviewed him as he left a courthouse on Thursday, after being arraigned and released on $75,000 bond.
'If I had known what it was doing to the kids I would have done something completely different.