Florida gym teacher charged with reportedly encouraging student locker room fight


A Florida gym teacher reportedly encouraged students to fight during class, according to authorities. 

Paul Eller, 58, has been charged with child neglect and culpable negligence and disrupting a school function after he allegedly failed to break up the fight between two students in a locker room at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School on April 21.

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A gym teacher at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School in Melbourne, Florida is charged in connection with reportedly encouraging a student locker room fight.  (Google Maps)

Eller was reportedly seen on video alongside students watching the melee. One student got hurt, prompting the fight to stop.

Eller then allegedly made a noise encouraging the fight to continue, WESH-TV reported. The students began to fight again.

The chaos stopped when a third student got hurt and Eller broke it up, the news report said. 

“It was reported that the teacher allegedly played a role in allowing students to fight on our campus…,” school Principal Marina Saporito-Middleton said in a letter to parents. “There is an active police investigation…I can tell you that the teacher has been placed on administrative leave and currently not allowed on campus.”

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Fox News Digital has reached out to the police and the Brevard School District. 



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