APPALLING

High School Cage Match

Most high schools send troubled boys to the principal's office, but at South Oak Cliff high school in Dallas, the principal allegedly sent boys to "the cage"—a section of the boy's locker room cordoned off by wire mesh and steel lockers—to settle disputes and discipline students, The Guardian reports. The alleged incidents took place between 2003 and 2005. A former counselor at the school who has filed a whistle-blower lawsuit said, "It was gladiator-style entertainment for the staff," adding "And it was sanctioned by the principal and security." Donald Moten, the school's principal during that time countered, "That's barbaric," and "Ain't nothing to comment on. It never did happen."