4th Grade Teacher Appoints Students as ‘Brawl Monitors’


A 29-year-old fourth-grade teacher and his teacher’s aide have been charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 for allowing two students to settle their differences through a physical fight.

USA Today reports that Joseph Gullotta, a teacher at P.S. 65, appointed “brawl monitors” to keep outsiders away from the classroom while a 10-year-old student and a 9-year-old student fought.

During the brawl, Gullota’s aide, 43-year-old Abraham Fox, allegedly watched as one student suffered from a cut lip and the other a bruised head in a fistfight that later turned into a wrestling match.

Authorities said Gullotta coached the children to say to the school nurse that they were hurt bumping into each other.

Gullotta has been reassigned, reports the Associated Press.

If convicted, he and his assistant could face up to a year in jail.

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