Baby Fight Club: New Jersey Daycare Workers Investigated For Making Kids Brawl
As much fun as hanging out with kids all day can be, there probably aren’t a huge amount of thrills involved in working for a daycare. Two New Jersey daycare workers at the Lightbridge Academy in Cranford attempted to add a little spice to their day by instituting a “fight club” and watching over a dozen kids ages 4-6 beat the crap out of each other.
Allegedly, Erica Kenny, 22, of Cranford, and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle set up the fights, and Kenny recorded them on a cell phone and posted them on Snapchat, while literally referring to the brawls as a “fight club.” Which, technically, does violate the first rule of Fight Club — and now they’re in a buttload of trouble.
Both have both been charged with child abuse and Kenny faces an additional charge of endangering the welfare of a child, and could serve up to five years in prison each.
Freakishly, this is not even the first time this has happened. In 2012, daycare workers in Delaware were charged with similar offenses after encouraging toddlers to fight for their amusement.
In a prepared statement, Brenda Febbo, vice president of sales and marketing for Lightbridge Academy, said, “As parents and caregivers, we are shocked and saddened by this isolated incident. We have a zero tolerance policy for anyone who acts in conflict with the core value of Lightbridge Academy – the safety and well being of children.”
So far, there are no reports on how this whole thing was uncovered. Did a kid come home and tell their parents? Did someone drive by the school and get freaked out because a bunch of children were brawling? Did one of Kenny or White’s Snapchat friends call the police to say, “Hey, uh, my crazy ass friend is really into watching little kids beat up on each other, maybe you should check that out?” We don’t know. But we really, really want to know. Kenny and White have also yet to release any kind of statement explaining their behavior.
Although no injuries have been reported, one mother says her kid came home with a broken finger once and she is now wondering if that was a result of this whole “fight club” thing.