updated 2/2/2010 9:17:47 AM ET 2010-02-02T14:17:47

A New York City teacher is accused of turning his fourth-grade classroom into a fighting ring.

Queens prosecutors say Joseph Gullotta told two of his students, ages 9 and 10, to settle an argument with a classroom fight.

One ended up with a cut lip, and the other with a bruised head.

Authorities say that when Gullotta finally sent the boys to the school nurse, he told them to lie and say they got hurt by bumping into each other.

He and a teacher's aide who allegedly witnessed the incident are charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child.

Gullotta has been reassigned.

The name of his attorney was not immediately on record.

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