Classroom Fight Club: Florida Teacher Accused Of Hosting Violent Middle School Student Brawls

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Apr. 11 2023, Published 4:20 p.m. ET

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A middle school teacher in Florida was arrested after turning her classroom into a fight club and letting her students brawl, according to authorities.

WCTV-TV reported that 23-year-old Angel Footman allegedly allowed students to hit each other senseless as she watched from her desk at Griffin Middle School in Tallahassee. Footman allegedly set rules, telling children to not record the fights or attract attention to the classroom by screaming and yelling, according to authorities.

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A School Resource Deputy was informed and school administrators were also shown videos of several of the alleged fights taking place between March 22 and March 23, court documents show.

Several sixth-grade girls said they participated in the planned fights during school hours and they were invited back for additional brawls, WCTV reported.

The girls also stated Footman would say “30 seconds, no screaming, no yelling, no phones,” according to WCTV.

Detectives said they reviewed the videos and identified Footman sitting at her desk, failing to intervene and making statements including “no screaming, no nothing” and “stop pulling hair.” There were also no records of Footman reporting the fights to administrators, WCTV reported.

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Footman denied organizing the fights, but she did acknowledge that she failed to report the fights or submit reports on the misconduct, officials said.

She was arrested on April 7 and charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She is set to be arraigned on May 4.


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