Day care workers accused of running toddler ‘Fight Club’ for amusement

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CRANFORD, NJ - Two New Jersey day care workers are accused of making the children fight each other for their own amusement.

Authorities said the workers recorded videos of the scuffles and shared them with friends.

According to police, the former day care employees referenced the movie "Fight Club" as they encouraged preschoolers and kindergartners to fight each other in the playground at Light Bridge Academy.

The Union County prosecutor, Grace Park, said 22-year-old Erica Kenny, one of the teacher's assistants charged, used the app Snapchat to send clips of the disturbing fights to a group of people.

"About a dozen children, boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6, just fighting throwing each other to the ground hitting each other," Park said of the videos.

Officials said they are still investigating but they do not believe any of the children were seriously injured.

Park said the former workers, including  28-year-old Chanese White, did it for pure pleasure.

The day care's vice president Jaclyn Falzarano said Kenny and White were immediately fired.

"Again, what we will like to focus on is all of the children are safe, that is our number one priority," Falzarano said. "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 former workers are facing charges for child abuse; one is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

13 comments

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Lucky is the little boy or girl that can stay home and be loved and trained by their mother. The local Drop-A-Tot is a poor substitute for a mother’s love.

    • Desconocido

      You’re implying a woman’s only purpose in life is to bear and raise children. She’s not allowed have a job or a life without wanting children? What about these children’s fathers, where are they? Do you think men are not mentally capable of raising children? Stop blaming the wrong people, Bob – it’s getting real annoying.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        Did I hit a raw nerve Desconocido? Perhaps the mother’s of the children you reference should be a little more particular in the selection of men they go to bed with. Heaven forbid that women marry someone before making babies with them. Refined women don’t go nesting with one boyfriend after another while dragging their children along for the ride.

  • Eddy

    Got to love the divorced mother who makes over 100,000 dollars a year, but has her kids in a ghetto daycare for 10-12hrs a day when the father (who is a better parent than she) has weekdays off all because she hates him so much. Utah courts turn a blind eye to this even though they are not supposed to. This is the kind of abuse those kids risk all to prove a point.

    • Desconocido

      It’s always the mother’s fault, huh? Does this story hit close to home Eddy? What about the 24 million children in the USA who live in homes without their biological father because those men left their families because they didn’t want to assume responsibility? 1 in 3 children grow up without their biological father because the father abandoned them at birth. A lot of times women are expected to raise children alone while also trying to financially provide for them. So before you start casting stones – realize “fathers” are just as guilty.

      • SEAN

        Women who pick boyfriends who are losers to make babies with have no one to blame but themselves when those losers walk out on them. Refined women, Desconocido, are choosy about the men they date, and marry them before making babies with them.

  • Charles

    Gee, I’m so shocked that people with first names such as Chanese and Jaclyn were instigating this type of thing.

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