Thursday, September 3, 2015

Meet the daycare workers who allegedly ran fight club for kids



Two former employees of a New Jersey day care are facing serious charges for allegedly creating a “fight club” made up of a dozen children aged 4 to 6 — and then recording the entire incident.

According to NJ, Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28 are charged with fourth-degree child abuse for orchestrating these deranged fights. According to NJ.com, Kenny is also looking at an additional third-degree endangering the welfare of a child charge.

Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sheets claimed Kenny acted as the camerawoman, recording the fights and uploading them to the social media platform Snapchat. Though the short videos are only available for 24 hours, someone captured the clip and forwarded it to investigators.


In the video, small boys and girls can be seen pushing one another on the playground while Kenny encourages it. The 22-year-old is also heard quoting from the famous book and movie “Fight Club.”

“While no children were physically harmed during this 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,” Lightbridge Academy spokeswoman, Brenda Febbo said in a statement. “As parents and caregivers, we are shocked and saddened by this isolated incident.”

Two anonymous ex-staffers said White had a bad history at the daycare, and would even trick kids into hitting one another if they misbehaved, according to the NY Daily News.

“She was always just a very negative, non-social person,” the former employee commented.

In addition to being fired from the day care, Kenny and White will appear in court on Friday. If convicted, third-degree criminal charges come with a maximum five-year prison sentence, while the fourth-degree crimes carry up to an 18-month sentence, the Huffington Post reports.

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