NJ prosecutor: 'Fight club' at day care
NEW JERSEY (FOX5NY) - Authorities in New Jersey say two employees of a day care center encouraged children to fight each other on at least one day. The Union County prosecutor charged Erica Kenny, 22, of Cranford, and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle, with fourth-degree child abuse. Kenny was also charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Prosecutors said the two women, who were employed at Lightbridge Academy in Cranford, instigated fights among children who were between 4 and 6. Kenny shot video of the so-called fight club and shared them with friends on social media, authorities said. The videos show boys and girls pushing and shoving and trying to hit each other. Authorities said Kenny can be heard on the videos referring to the scene as "fight club," in a reference to the famous book and movie.
The Lightbridge Academy issued a statement saying that it was "shocked and saddened by this isolated incident."
"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 read. "We terminated the employment of these staff members and have maintained open communication with our parents throughout this process."
Parents told Fox 5 that they want the day care center to install cameras outside in the playground. The day care said it was considering the idea.