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 video with friends.
Investigators say they referenced the movie “Fight Club” as they encouraged pre-schoolers and kindergarteners to fight each other on the playground at Light Bridge Academy in Cranford, New Jersey.
“About a dozen children boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6 just fighting throwing each other to the ground hitting each other,” said Grace Park, Union County Prosecutor.
The prosecutor says 22-year-old Erica Kenny, one of the teacher’s assistants charged, used the app Snapchat to send clips of the disturbing fight to a group of people. The video only lasts only 10 seconds, then disappears, but investigators able to obtain it after someone recorded it.
There were no reports of serious injuries. The prosecutor says the former workers, including Chanese White, did it for pure pleasure.
The vice president of the day care said the workers were fired.
“Again what we will like to focus on is all of the children are safe that is our number one priority,” said Jaclyn Falzarano. “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 workers are charged with child abuse. One is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.