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Former teacher pleads not guilty in ‘Fight Club’ case

Ryan Fish stands with his lawyer, Paul Chinigo, in Norwich Superior Court on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Norwich, Conn. Fish faces two counts of risk of injury to a child, four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and one count of second-degree breach of peace. (Melanie Stengel / Hartford Courant)
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NORWICH, Conn. – A former Connecticut substitute teacher accused of organizing a student fight club is pleading not guilty.

Twenty-three-year-old Ryan Fish is charged with multiple counts of risk of injury to a child and reckless endangerment while teaching at Montville High School. He filed his plea with an attorney in Norwich Superior Court Tuesday and is requesting a jury trial.

The high school’s principal, assistant principal and schools superintendent were arrested in April for not telling authorities about the fight allegations and have been placed on leave. Fish is accused of organizing fights between students inside a math classroom.

He was fired in October.

Montville Police began investigating Fish in December after videos surfaced showing fights between students in his classroom.