Omaha teacher in student fight flap is fired

By the Associated Press | September 8, 2011 | 7:50 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha school board has fired a 39-year-old teacher accused of taking two eighth-grade students outside a school building to settle their differences with a fight.

The board voted 11-1 on Wednesday night to dismiss Patrick Kocsis (KOH'-sihs). He's been on paid leave since the incident on Aug. 22.

Kocsis has been cited on two counts of misdemeanor child neglect.

The incident was recorded by a school security camera at McMillan Magnet Center middle school in northeast Omaha.

Kocsis declined to comment after the board meeting.

Board President Sandra Jensen apologized to the parents of the students.