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Superintendent in student 'flight club' case steps down

MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) The superintendent of a Connecticut school system who had been charged with failing to report a student ``fight club'' run by a substitute teacher has resigned.

Brian Levesque said in a statement issued with the local Board of Education on Wednesday that the board bought out his contract and he stepped down as superintendent of Montville schools.

The announcement came the day after a judge dismissed charges of failure to report suspected abuse as a mandated reporter against Levesque.

Investigators say teacher Ryan Fish allowed ``slap boxing'' inside a math classroom during school hours last year. Officials fired Fish and disciplined students, but police say they didn't alert authorities until two months later.

Fish was admitted into a special program that will allow for dismissal of charges upon successful completion.

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