There are many ways to constructively pass the time when your job may be boring, but hosting a fight club with a dozen daycare toddlers and posting the results on Snapchat is not one of them.
Two day care employees, Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28, of the Lightbridge Academy in Cranford, New Jersey, were charged this week for staging, encouraging and recording fights between both boys and girls aged 4 to 6. Union County Prosecutor Grace Park told CBS New York that the children were recorded punching and shoving each other to the ground:
“About a dozen children — boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6 — just fighting; throwing each other to the ground; hitting each other. Most parents would be astonished by the behavior.”
The employees even referenced the 1999 David Fincher film to the kids as they fought in their recordings. Their Snapchats also included the caption “Fight Club.”
Kenny and White have been fired, and no children were seriously injured in the fights. While their Snapchats deleted themselves after 24 hours, one person recorded them and showed investigators.
The two employees now face fourth degree child abuse charges while Kenny faces an additional charge for child endangerment. Kenny could receive up to five years in prison, and White faces up to 18 months.
Jaclyn Falzarano, the vice president of operations at Lightbridge Academy, told NBC4, “We are completely appalled. As a mom, I know those feelings.”
One mother of a child who attends the day care center told NJ.com:
“It’s really freaking me out at the moment. I want to go home and ask my son if he saw anything like this.
“He came home with a broken finger once, and now I’m worried about what happened while he was there.”
Of course, revealing what happened at daycare would be breaking the first and second rules of Fight Club.