WTNH.com reports that Nate Fisher, the high school teacher who gave a student a copy of Eightball, won’t be charged. “Police say an investigation shows no criminal charges are necessary,” the site reports in a very brief story.
Edit: Kevin Melrose points out that the New Haven Register has a longer story up with comments from Fisher:
“It’s something that had been hanging over my head, and my entire family had been affected by this,” Fisher, 29, said. “It was a very, very hard thing to sit around for a month and wait to find out whether or not I’m going to be arrested, and I was relieved when I found out that I wasn’t going to be; it was kind of a signal to me that now I could move on with my life.”
Because of the criminal investigation, Fisher had previously declined to talk to the media. He said police told him that the crimes being investigated were breach of peace and impairing the morals of a minor.
Fisher said he gave the student the graphic novel, which features a number of intersecting stories told in comic book form, because she had not done a summer reading assignment. It was part of a collection of his own books that he had in the classroom. He read the book in a graphic novels course when he was a student at the University of Connecticut and had not reviewed it for some time, he said.
“I was literally looking for … something that she could read over the weekend, something quick, because all the kids had a test on Tuesday, the weekend after, and I didn’t want her to start the year behind in her school work,” he said. “In my mind, any book that you give to a student that’s going to create a reaction like this in the student’s family is an inappropriate book, so you’ll never hear me say this was an appropriate thing to do. I just think the way it was handled wasn’t right, and it was bad for everybody.”