A high school in Texas is in trouble because apparently the former principle and other members of the staff would allow student to settle their differences in the cage. That's right... adolescent cage fighting.
Apparently, in South Oak Cliff High School the principle, security officers, and teachers were putting students who were fighting into an empty equipment cage and let the students duke it out... while they all watched.
Now thus far, it is a he-said/she-said, so to speak, with one unnamed teacher who witness it all going down. The witness, a hall monitor by the name of Gary King, claims that the former principle, Donald Moten, knew about the whole practice, as it was his idea. It all started one day when there were two kids throwing hands on school property. The head of school security and the assistant basketball coach come up on these two guys fighting. Moten instructs the men to put the kids in the cage and let them finish it up.
And so it begins. Oak Cliff, being that it is in a poorer part of the city is a rough school. And as with all rough schools (or so the movies tell me) it is a war zone- with burning barrels and sheets of paper all over the hallways. Like the Gaza strip... but with zits. So it started becoming a practice in the school. Underground, bare knuckled, cage fighting.
Of course Moten and the others being accused deny any such things taking place, and no complaints from former/current students or reports of injuries needing medical attention being required as of now have surfaced. But the state of Texas is taking this charge pretty seriously. Ten days ago, it came out that at mental asylum in Corpus Christi, some of the orderlies where staging crazy people cock fights (I am picturing Thunderdome meets I am Sam) as well as recording it for their own entertainment. And before you asked, yes I looked all over Youtube for retard cage fights, but alas they must have taken them down.
So far, neither the Dallas police or the school board are ready to come out and say that anything illegal happened, though both said that there is an ongoing investigating on the matter and that if something did occur they would then talk about it some more. It is important to note that South Oak Cliff is no stranger to trouble, having gotten into a bit of trouble in the last couple of years for having the grades of its star athletes 'bumped' in order to insure eligibility.
Now, between you and me, I see nothing wrong with this in theory. I know it is against the law and unsafe and maybe just a bit psychotic. But everything I have seen on this story leads me to believe that this was a rough school in a poorer part of town and the school was known to be a rough place. The fights were going to happen as it was, and inside the confines of the cage, the fight would stay fair (or as fair as a street fight can be), weapon free, and would stay a one on one. And while some portions of our society might want to deny the fact that we are in fact animals, and (especially in young males) combat is sometimes the only solution- especially if it was already coming to that. The fact that it was done with the supervision of some sort of adult there would lead me to believe that when the fight was done, it was called. No guns, no broken bones. Maybe some black eyes and some bruised egos, but overall none of the fighters would be worse for wear (I acknowledge I am giving a hefty benefit of the doubt that the fights were 'reffed' as it were and that the cage was more to keep the fight even than it was to be an arena for the pubescent combatants to entertain the staff. But then again, it is Texas and something tells me that you had a bunch of good ol' boys running a school full of minorities, which brings the idea of racist cock fights to mind).
Either way, as far as I am concerned, until reports came out that this was not as pure as letting the fights play out of that they were just putting two rando kids into the cell and making them fight or something monstrous like that, I have no real issue with this. While a nasty idea, in a sick, barbaric, primal way it makes sense in its own way...
Kenny Rogers did say it best... Sometimes you have to fight to be a man...