19 years ago Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) was very clear about the rules of “Fight Club” in the 1999 hit movie. Nobody talks about fight club!
Now, “Fight Club” has a Connecticut Connection and everyone is talking.
Ryan Avery Fish, 23, of Bozrah was charged Thursday on a warrant with two counts of risk of injury to a minor, second-degree breach of peace and four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment.
Mr. Fish was a substitute math teacher at Montville High School who had supervised “Slap-fighting” events in his classroom. It all came to light in October when a victim reached out to the school resource officer.
Though Fish pled not guilty to reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child, he was seen on video encouraging fighters to move away from windows and keep going. There are videos of multiple fights that went viral and have the sleepy town lighting up social media.
He was emotional when confronted by media after Thursday’s hearing…Fish half-heartedly admitted to lacking any reasonable judgement. “I didn’t necessarily let them do it. I just wasn’t aware of what to do. I didn’t know how to handle the situation.”
When police asked Fish what happened during class, he told them “I would let them be teenagers and let them get their energy out.”
He told police “the truth is I’m an idiot and wanted to befriend them.” He added “I’m immature.”
In the arrest warrant, Fish told police he didn’t set up the fights but he would watch them, and said “I will admit that I did at one point egg them on.”
At this point Mr. Fish was able to fire up a couple of brain cells and stop speaking without his attorney.
This isn’t the first “Fight Club” to be busted and what’s crazier, these are far from the youngest combatants to be pitted against each other.
A “Gentleman’s Fight Club” was started in Menlo Park, California in 2000 and was focused on the wealthy Silicone Valley Crowd. Yes a bunch of tech nerds beating the snot out of each other. Kids in Texas, New Jersey, Washington State, and Alaska got into the act as well. These fights were all posted online and authorities were able to shut them down quickly. In 2006, an Arlington Texas teen was forced to break the first rule of “Fight Club” because he was viciously injured. To add insult the DVD sales of that fight led police to arrest six teens. It’s important to note that “Fight Club” has no social, educational or economic limits. Case in point, a “Fight Club” was broken up at Ivey league Princeton University, where fights were held on campus.
Here’s the icing on the “Fight Club” cake.
In September 2015, two employees at Lightbridge Academy, a New Jersey daycare center, were charged with instigating “Fight Club–style” brawls between children aged four to six years of age. These fights were broadcast on Snapchat.
If you’re going to reenact any movie, Fight Club should be your last choice. Let’s relive movies like Animal House, Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Weird Science where socially inept nerds punch the details of a perfect woman into a computer and out pops a perfectly smoking hot Kelly LeBrock.
Stories like this make us wonder what’s worse, eating Tide Pods or starting a “Fight Club.”