Monday, April 2, 2018

Shocking ‘teacher fight club’ exposed


By: Maisie Stout
Monday, March 26, many teachers were late to their fifth period classes. Because of this tardiness, assistant principal Jeff Banton went searching for them. He found them in the basement, circled up while chanting and yelling. Upon closer examination, he found that they were yelling at the center of the circle, where two teachers were duking it out.

Those teachers were Cassie Griffith and Barbara Heckert. Griffith was getting an eight-year long grudge out of her system by fighting Heckert, a teacher that impressed others by being surprisingly quick on her feet.

“All I wanted to do in high school was read books but she wanted me to memorize the periodic table. I can never forgive her,” Griffith said.
“I don’t know why people think I am so frail, I have been taking karate lessons from that place downtown,” Heckert said. “And as for Cassie being forced to memorize the periodic table, I think that we can agree that the periodic table is more important that anything you will learn in English class.”

Many of the teachers refer to their fighting as the Teacher Fight Club, but they make sure to avoid doing so around the administrators.  The Fight Club was born about two years ago because the freshman class was wearing many teachers out. At first the club was small, just a few teachers from the Main Building, but once the Annex got wind of it they wanted a piece of the action. Now, the Teacher Fight Club is a weekly event that takes place amongst many of our favorite teachers. The Math Department is in charge of bets, and the English Department is in charge of scheduling matches.
       
“We lost out on a lot of money during that fight because of Banton. It was 14-1 for Griffith and I had twenty dollars on Heckert, who was winning before he split it up,” math teacher Melissa Lough said.

There are many rules to the club that every teacher must follow, or they cannot be part of the club.
The first and most important rule, you might be able to guess, is that punching above the neck is not allowed. These teachers are fighting to release stress, not to be questioned about bruised and bloody faces. Another rule of the Teacher Fight Club is that no teacher is allowed to discuss the Fight Club with administrators or students.

“Teaching is such a stressful profession. It is good to physically release our frustrations, even if it is on each other,” English teacher Elizabeth Sayre said.

Because Banton broke up the fight club, they are no longer allowed to “hold meetings”- which is code for fight- on school property. History teacher Steve Sayre has generously offered his farm as the next location for the Teacher Fight Club, and he is looking forward to his next match against English teacher Ronnie Mullins.
       
“That old man thinks he is still tough. He may have been tough in the 80’s when he got all his tattoos, but this is my time now. I will break him,” Mullins said.
In response to this Sayre said, “I assure you that age and experience will defeat youth and confidence in skills that do not exist. Never make an old man mad because they fight to win regardless of rules.”
       
A Teacher Fight Club is controversial in any area, but we can all agree that after 8 hours a day for 5 days a week our teachers deserve to let out steam in any way they see fit. The Ripley Teacher Fight Club will continue to be private, which means no student audiences will be able to cheer on their favorite teachers.

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