Texas School Forced Teens Into Cage Fights

Students ordered to settle differences in bare-knuckle fights as others cheered
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 2:59 AM CDT
Texas School Forced Teens Into Cage Fights
Teachers and administrators at South Oak Cliff High School have come under fire for allegedly sending students into a steel utility cage in an athletic locker room to battle it out with bare fists.   (AP Photo/Tom Pennington)

Employees at a Dallas high school forced troubled teens to settle their differences in bare-knuckle brawls inside a locker room cage while spectators cheered, says a report obtained by the Dallas Morning News. The principal of South Oak Cliff High at the time did nothing to stop the fights and even orchestrated some of them, the report states. None of the people involved has been criminally prosecuted, and several are still working at local schools.

The former principal once told security staff to put two feuding teens "in the cage and let 'em duke it out," says the report. The principal—who quit last year after a grade-fixing scandal—has denied any knowledge of the fights. But the district superintendent confirmed that there were "some things that happened inside of a cage," and employees were later disciplined. The school has turned itself around under a new principal, he added. (More fistfight stories.)

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