There’s one thing I’m getting increasingly sure of about people Texas: they sure love to see mentally challenged kids get beat up on. First it was figurative: Covenant High’s girls basketball team putting a 100-0 hurting on the team from Dallas Academy made up of players with learning disabilities. But now it’s a literal hurt, as the DALLAS MORNING NEWS reports that administrators at the Corpus Christi State School were forcing profoundly disabled students into “Fight Club”-style brawls.
And - of course - they were filming their fights on a camera phone. However, none of the videos appear to have made their way onto the Internet yet, leaving Felony Fights as the most morally bankrupt thing you can watch. And in a sense, it’s a good thing that the fights were being videotaped. The whole horrific thing was exposed because someone lost the cell phone that had the videos on it, which was later turned in to an off-duty police officer after being found on the side of the road.
In the videos, severely mentally challenged students are seen kicking, punching and push each other while employees watch and encourage the fights, having their arms raised in victory after a “win.” Fortunately, the videos are incredibly clear for cell phone camera footage, and this has led to 11 employees being identified and facing possible criminal charges or are no longer working with the state.
And how is the school going to handle this? According to the CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES, they are going to make sure they have more supervisors on the graveyard shift. Or at least some, because it appears that’s when the fights were staged, and the school until now has had no supervisors from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Because nothing bad ever happens that late at night.
Not only is this horrible PR for the Texas state school system, it comes at a horrible time. State legislators are debating major reforms for the system, which came under fire from the U.S Department of Justice for a series of past abuses and oversights. For example, currently employees who work within the school system don’t need background checks. How’s that working out?