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Teacher fired after gym fight

4 years ago January 27, 2011 Jan 27, 2011 Thursday, January 27 2011 Thursday, January 27, 2011 5:56:39 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- A teacher is out of a job after a schoolhouse brawl at Crestworth Learning Academy, a Baton Rouge school in the second year of its charter. The interim principal of the school identified the teacher as Tory Dennis, a coach at the school. The school's attorney recommended the teacher be fired after a board meeting last fall.

Marcia Sadler, mother of one of the students in the fight, said Dennis is responsible for her son's injuries because he encouraged her son and another boy to fight.

He said, 'well the coach let me fight and he came a took me out of class,'" said Sadler. "The boy was picking on my daughter and instead of taking him to the office he went to my son's eighth grade class.  They talked a little bit and then he took him to the gym, meanwhile they fought a little bit, he held my son's glasses as well so he had to know what was going to happen and he told my son he needed to handle his business."

Sadler contacted the school and asked for a conference with the principal, at the time Marla Banks, who told her Dennis had good intentions, said Sadler. 

It was soon after that conference she contacted Baton Rouge attorney, Stephen Sterling, III, for help.

"She was getting no where with the school and she felt like she was being lied to, it was being covered up, so she came to me seeking advice and help she's here to hopefully have them rectify this and do better so that it won't happen again," said Sterling.

Steven Young, Crestworth's attorney could not confirm nor deny whether or not the teacher had any influence in the fight.

"The time of the incident and the time of termination was very short, my statement, when I heard it, it was a board meeting my statement to the board was we ought to inform the principal to terminate him immediately," said Young.

Now Sadler just hopes a similar incident won't happen again. Her attorney wants this to be a lesson to other teachers who might act similarly.

"They are supposed to be role models and teach kids instead of facilitating fights in a gladiator style way and this is what happened in this situation," said Sterling.

The principal at the time left her position just days ago, board members would not go into detail on why she left.

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