According to media reports Thrusday, a New Jersey day care center as issued an apology to parents after two workers were caught setting up fights between children and filming it.
Kenny filmed several videos of the children shoving and striking each other, reports USA Today. In the clips, she can be heard referencing the movie Fight Club. Kenny will also face an additional charge of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Approximately a dozen boys and girls between the ages of 4 to 6 were seen in the videos. None are believed to have suffered serious injuries.
Following the announcement of the charges on Tuesday, the Lightbridge Academy center in Cranford said in a statement that it was “shocked and saddened by this isolated incident,” the Associated Press reports.
“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,” the statement reads. “We terminated the employment of these staff members and have maintained open communication with our parents throughout this process.”
“We sincerely thank our parents and dedicated staff for their support and patience. The actions of these two individuals do not reflect the culture of Lightbridge Academy and what we have stood for more than 18 years. While we will continue to fully support and assist the Prosecutor’s Office, we remain focused on the education and well-being of all children in our care.”
Parents of day care students went to a meeting Monday and were informed about the alleged video. Stump said the parents voiced concern, but commended them for their composure, reports Fox News.
“It’s very disturbing to think anything like that could go on,” Amy Bickerling, whose 4-year-old son is enrolled at the center, told Delaware Online. “I know these teachers. I go on all the field trips. I’ve never seen anything irregular.”
Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28, were both charged with fourth-degree child abuse. Kenny was also charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Two women are expected to appear in court Friday.