Day Care Teachers Set Up ‘Fight Club’ For Preschoolers

August 8, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

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Two day care workers in St. Louis have been charged with crimes after a 2016 video of a “fight club” featuring young children surfaced, a court official said.

The children were 3 and 4 years old.

Mickala Guliford, 28, and Tena Dailey, 22, were charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a felony, according to probable cause statements from prosecutors.

According to Q13 Fox, the teacher organized the fighting to entertain the children.

The women directed at least six children to have fistfights, the state alleges, noting that the children wore a padded glove and used it to hit each other’s heads and bodies.

The video shows at least six children fighting over 35 minutes.

A child who had just fought is seen crying on video.

Still, the women encouraged and supervised the fighting, and one woman is seen “jumping up and down with excitement,” it states.

The alleged incident happened on December 7, 2016, the birthday of a child identified in the document as C.L. He suffered red marks and swelling on his face and forehead and a black eye, prosecutors say.

A 10-year-old recorded the incident on video on his iPad, the station said. He was with older kids in the next room and worried about his little brother, who was crying after three fights. He texted the video to his mother, who called the day care center.

One mother, Nicole Merseal, told Fox-affiliated KTVI: “He [her child in the video] doesn’t understand why his friends were fighting him—why he was beaten up by his best friends. And it was on his fourth birthday.” Merseal said she was texted the footage by her older son and passed it on to the school director. The mother said not enough had been done since the event. “I want them to be held accountable, and I don’t want this to happen to any other child,” she said

“In the video, he’s wiping his face over and over again,” she said. “The day care worker—you see her walk over to him and tell him ‘you’re fine’ and pat him on the back and then walk and start another fight with other kids.” The child has since moved to another center.


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