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Teacher arrested for running student 'fight club' leaves amusing mug shot

Mar 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

So here’s Stephen Wesley, 43, who was arrested on Tuesday for organizing student ‘fight clubs’ at a ranch for probationary teens in San Fernando, near Los Angeles. That’s quite a mug shot pose for someone who is up on six counts of child endangerment — allegedly recorded by a security camera — and is being held in county lockup on a $600,000 bond, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hey, some ladies might be reading this.

“This individual was supposed to create a safe environment for probationers and he was allowing them to engage in overt violent acts,” Steve Whitmore, a sheriff’s spokesman, said. “He not only allowed the fights to take place, he set the ground rules.”

Wesley’s arrest stems from actions that Whitmore said were recorded Aug. 8, 2008, at Camp Karl Holton in San Fernando, one of 21 juvenile probation camps and halls.

Whitmore said Wesley can be seen and heard on the security footage organizing five bouts between rival gang members in response to an argument that began that morning between two students over gangs.

Wesley told students where and how long to fight, and instructed them to avoid blows to the face that would leave signs of injuries, Whitmore said.

As egregious as this is, it’s still only my second favorite student fight club story of the year so far. A teacher from Queens was nabbed organizing a fight club for fourth-graders — in the middle of his classroom — in February. His mug shot could not touch this one, however.
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Former probation camp teacher held in fight probe [Los Angeles Times]
What goes on in fourth-grade fight club, stays … well, you know the rest [Out Of Bounds]

  1. Gelardia - Mar 18, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    “Whitmore said Wesley can be seen and heard on the security footage organizing five bouts between rival gang members in response to an argument that began that morning between two students over gangs.”
    Well, considering that on the outside, these “students” would have tried to shoot each other with no regard to bystanders, maybe this isn’t such a bad thing.

  2. fiveiron - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Maybe if he would have organized some boxing bouts, he’d be off the hook. Sounds like the whole thing is blown out of proportion, anyway.

  3. Skids - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    I somewhat agree. These gang members are not “children.” They may be of age, but the are far more dangerous than most adults.