Education: Old Dodge, New Version

Making the rounds of the dark, thunderous subway tunnels under Manhattan's Time Square one afternoon last week, a trackwalker was startled by the sight of a small boy lashed by wire to a steel stanchion. His hands and feet were bound, his mouth was stuffed with a gag, and his right shoe and stocking were off. He was moaning and tossing his tousled blond head.

Loosed, the boy identified himself as Ronald Davis, 12, of Long Island City. Breathlessly, he told his story. He had been on his way to school that morning...

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