‘Cage fights’ in high school

At a Dallas high school, the principal and staffers staged cage fights in a sports locker room utility cage, charges a district investigation reported by the Dallas Morning News. South Oak Cliff High students were told to settle their disputes with bare fists; they had no head protection.  The “cage fights” took place between 2003 and 2005, investigators concluded. The school originally was investigated for changing grades of student athletes.

Internal district reports obtained by The News describe a culture of sanctioned violence in which school employees and even the principal relied on “the cage” to settle disputes and bring unruly students under control.

. . . “It was gladiator-style entertainment for the staff,” said Frank Hammond, a middle school counselor in Cedar Hill who was fired from South Oak Cliff High School and has filed a whistleblower lawsuit.

Donald Moten, principal in 2003-05, denies the cage was used for fights.

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