Ryan Fish, a 23-year-old high school substitute teacher, was arrested for operating a “fight club” out of a school. The initial investigation began in December 2017 after local police heard about the fights from four victims, all between the ages of 14 and 16. The arrest warrant indicated that Fish not only observed the altercations but also encouraged the students.
The fights, according to a report by KMOV, took place at Montville High School in Connecticut during October. During that time, Fish was working as a substitute math teacher at the school and as a Montville Board of Education employee.
After the investigation, the Montville Police Department determined that Fish was supervising fights, using a classroom to host the activities.
The students informed local authorities that Fish shifted trashcans out of the way to give the fight participants space.
A cell phone video showed students slapping on another during one fight while another video showed kids punching each other in the face and head.
When confronted by police, Fish stated, “I would let [the students] be teenagers and let them get their energy out.”
While Fish claims he did not set up the fights, he admitted to watching them, adding that he “did, at one point, egg them on.”
He also said, “The truth is, I’m an idiot, and wanted to befriend them.” Fish continued, “I’m immature.”
Fish stated that he felt bad about the incidents.
“I would say I feel horrible about what happened to be honest,” Fish said. “I didn’t think it was okay. I didn’t know what else to do.”
Fish has been charged with four counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, and one count of second-degree breach of the piece.
He was also fired from his job in October.