‘Fight Club’ Organised By Daycare Teachers Caught On Camera
A day care center is under fire after a video surfaced showing children punching each other in what appeared to be a fight activity organised by carers.
The video which horrified parents, shows small boys wearing over-sized green fists punching each other, including in the head.
According to local Fox affiliate KTVI, in Missouri, U.S. two teachers turned their classroom into a fight club, pitting kids against each other in a series of gloved boxing matches.
The local television station obtained video taken at Adventure Learning Center in December 2016.
At one point, a teacher jumps up and down in apparent excitement. The only person shown trying to break up a fight is another preschooler.
Police and state inspectors investigated and teachers were fired, but no charges were filed and the centre was allowed to remain open.
The mothers of two of the children are suing and the case goes to trial in December.
The video was captured by the 10-year-old brother of one of the participants, who was in an adjoining room. He sent the video to his mother, who called the centre’s director. The director stopped the fighting and both teachers were fired.
The day care centre’s own cameras captured more than 30 minutes of fighting, KTVI reported.
In the lawsuit filed in January, one of the mothers said her son “continues to suffer injuries to his body, as well as mental anguish”.
State regulators increased inspections after the incident and follow-up visits found other violations, but nothing that merited closing the centre, KTVI reported.
A spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services did not respond to phone and email messages.
Featured image: KTVI Television