If you don't have school age children in Kansas City, count your blessings. It's stories like KCTV5's "Sources: Kids Being Paid To Fight In KCMO Schools" that make parents scoff about raising children here.
The most surprising thing about the KCTV5 report: No one in a position of authority is denying it.
A spokesperson for the Kansas City, Missouri, School District
acknowledged hearing rumors about students getting paid to fight but
couldn't confirm it. Community activist and school volunteer Rubie Ellis said students have been telling her about the fights.
"I thought it was crazy until I witnessed it," she said.
Ellis said she saw students being paid to fight outside of the Family Dollar and Aldi grocery store near Bishop Hogan. She called the police.
The fights are all about the dollar bills. Ellis believes the people filming the fights are profiting from them, selling them on the streets.
KCTV5 also had an interview with a shadowy student who claimed that he was targeted and jumped.
"It's entertainment," the student told KCTV5. "It's amusing to people.
Especially around the city because around the city you're judged by
who's the hardest and toughest, so you got another person that's willing
to challenge you. That's just entertainment to people. It's like seeing
(Evander) Holyfield or (Floyd) Mayweather. They want to see who's going
And don't count on it ending any time soon.
"All of this still going to continue to go on until you all find out who it is," the shadowy student said. "That's almost impossible because there's so many people involved in it."