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    Alleged Highschool Cage Fights

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by becca, Mar 20, 2009.

    I read this article today about a highschool in Dallas, Texas, that is believed to have let boys have cage fights to settle differences. Apparently they would take boys that had a bone to pick with each other, and let them fight, bare fisted in a steel equipment cage. No head/eye protection or anything.

    I don't know if I like this idea or not. Why not just start teaching boxing and do it the right way?
     
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    Rofl..

    I don't know what to say.. where did you hear this from?
     
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    Uh... Wow. That sounds pretty crazy. What happened to the good ol' "meet at the basketball court/carpark after school"?

    A valid question.
     
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    It was news on the msn website. :) I read it just a few minutes ago.

    You want a link?
     
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    What's really disturbing is that it meantions a mental retardation facilaty doing almost the same thing. Forced them to fight each other, and recording it for their own entertanment. NOW THAT IS JUST WRONG!

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29774152/?gt1=43001
     
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    Yeah, I can only imagine that having this story clarified and backed-up by any evidence is going to be pretty difficult, so knowing whether or not this happened to the extent which it is described in the article will be difficult. I don't doubt that bare-fist fights broke out (happens in all schools), but something tells me that the reality of situation was sensationalised just a wee bit...
     
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    I agree that is will be difficult to prove, but it is possible that it did happen. Some messed up stuff happens all the time.
     
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    I don't doubt the possibility and yeah messed up stuff does happen all the time.. I'm just skeptical.. I can't really form a proper opinion based on an msn news article.
     
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    I don't know if it did or didn't happen. I just thought it would be interesting to discuss if it DID happen. Get peoples opinions if they thought it was wrong or right.
     
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    I heard that story as well, and I'm pretty sure there will be criminal indictments if it turns out to be true. From what I heard, it wasn't an "offer." Students caught fighting were PUT in the cage to settle it once and for all.

    How monumentally stupid.
     
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    Ah man

    why is the world so messed up.
     
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    It's not so much the world as the human infestation.
     
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    So animals are less barbaric?
     
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    I wonder if the parents of those kids know about this.
     
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    Surely the cuts and bruises would be a giveaway?
     
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    yeah, but wouldn't they have taken some action against that kind of thing?
     
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    You would have thought so.

    Sometimes it's hard to get your head around some of the messed up stuff and people that exist in the World!!
     
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    Yeah, there are that sort of people everywhere.There was a boy last year who had to be hospitalised after he was beaten up by his teacher, he was so badly injured. Makes me glad that classroom caning is a crime in India.
     
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    I read the article on Yahoo! yesterday. Some pretty sick stuff.

    That would be because no one wants young people to settle their differences via violence (though if you ask me a every now and then a situation does arise where a good handed fist fight can settle everyone's problems. Venting and what not). For the most part though I don't think this is something schools or any organization really should be supporting. Let them deal with their problems by working it out on their own and if it turns into a fight or anything else serious they can deal with the consequences.

    In a way. They do things because they have to (survival and what not). Quit often we'll do things just for kicks.
     
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    I guess catching students fighting and throwing them in a cage to do it for real DOES send a message...but do schools want to send that kind of a message? Hey, kids, if you're going to fight, do it for real! Like the UFC, only without their safety precautions and a referee...hmmm...

    Maybe when I have kids I'll homeschool them...
     
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    A perfect summary of the entire situation.

    For a start, schools have a certain duty of care, which they are supposed to honour by ensuring the saftey of students during school hours to the best of their ability. To not only encourage, but - in effect - enforce continued violence between students would them make them liable for injuries etc, wouldn't it? I doubt permission slips were sent out for parents to sign allowing this practice, and waiving any rights for whatever compensation they may be able to claim.

    I honestly don't understand what it could have hoped to achieve with this idea - short of getting itself either shut down or in severe finacial trouble. What student or parent would find such a school appealing; high school is hard enough without the school itself sanctioning violence. It's in direct opposition to most school policies of discouraging even the slightest amount of bullying/violent behaviour - which are in place for good reason.

    School is a place for learning, but that is no lesson I would want my child to learn. Sadly, sometimes kids even find school to be a sanctuary from their home life, because it often is a safer, more supportive environment. Where can they go if neither is?
    The whole thing is just disturbing.
     

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