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Teacher Creates Fourth Grade Fight Club

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This story will make the fuzzy hairs on your arm stand on end with disgust. Just when you think school is a safe place to send your kids ...

two boys fighting

Picture your 10-year-old facing off against another 10-year-old in a bloody fight club style cage match -- in their classroom! With their teacher acting as ref!

The New York Daily News reports a teacher and aide in Queens "orchestrated a sick wrestling contest between students in a locked classroom."

Prosecutors charged teachers Joseph Gullotta and Abraham Fox with child endangerment and pulled them from their jobs after they allegedly transformed the classroom into a "gladiator arena."

When 10-year-old Tomas Rivera started arguing with a classmate at Public School 65 in Ozone Park, Gullotta made the inane suggestion they duke it out instead of acting like a teacher and encouraging a peaceful resolution.

"A girl in the class was told to shut the door, and students were told to stand at a safe distance as the mini-grapplers got ready to rumble. 'Everybody in my class was laughing,' said Jonathan Michael, a fourth grader. 'They were fighting over some pencils, and they were bleeding.'"

Both kids were bleeding and injured, but the teachers kept the kids from going to the nurse -- then attempted to absolve themselves from responsibility by telling the kids to lie about what happened! The instigating teacher was reassigned to a "rubber room," and the assistant was suspended without pay.

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Anonymous February 3, 2010, 5:20 AM

Sometimes I don’t understand why we hold teachers in such high regards. It seems that the teachers are getting younger and younger and they just don’t have the same respectable attitude as the older teachers have.

AJ April 5, 2010, 10:13 AM

One more story that makes me glad I am able to home school!

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HOME SCHOOL February 5, 2011, 7:56 PM

A teacher so stupid to actually do this thing… i think i wanna be home schooled.

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