Two New Jersey daycare workers are accused of making children fight each other for their own amusement. Authorities say they made videos of the scuffles and shared the videos with friends.
Investigators say the two former daycare workers referenced the movie “Fight Club” as they encouraged pre-schoolers and kindergartners to fight each other in the playground at Lightbridge Academy in Cranford, New Jersey.
Prosecutors say about a dozen children were involved – both boys and girls – between the ages 4 and 6-years old. “Just fighting, throwing each other to the ground, hitting each other,” describes Grace Park, Union County Prosecutor, on what the children would do.
Prosecutors say one of the teacher’s assistants charged, 22-year-old Erica Kenny, used the social media app SnapChat to send clips of the disturbing fight to a group of people. The video only lasts about 10 seconds, then disappears, but investigators were able to obtain it after someone recorded it.
“We don’t believe there were any serious injuries, but we are still investigating the case,” said Park.
The prosecutors say the former workers, Erica Kenny and 28-year-old Chanese White, made the videos for their own pleasure. The daycare’s vice-president says both were fired immediately. “What we will like to focus on is all of the children are safe that is our number one priority,” said Jaclyn Falzarano, Daycare Vice-President. “We’ve actually been in constant communication with our parents to let them know that we are here to nurture the care and education of their children.”
Both Kenny and White are charged with child abuse. Kenny is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.