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NORWICH — Three Connecticut school district administrators arrested in the fallout over an alleged “fight club” have pleaded not guilty.

Montville Superintendent Brian Levesque, Montville High School Principal Jeffrey Theodoss and Assistant Principal Tatiana Patten were charged in April with failing to report abuse. They pleaded not guilty Thursday in Norwich Superior Court.

The three are accused of not telling authorities about allegations that a substitute teacher organized fights between students inside a math classroom.

Teacher Ryan Fish was fired in October, but police were not notified until two months later. Fish has pleaded not guilty to charges including reckless endangerment.

Patten’s lawyer says he doesn’t think a crime has been committed and believes the cases should be dismissed. The administrators have been placed on leave.

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