Kiddie fight club arrests shocked the parents of children at the Lightbridge Academy in Cranford, New Jersey. Two child care providers at the center have been accused of involving 4- to 6-year-old children in fights and sharing the videos of the brawls on Snapchat.
Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle, encouraged the kiddie fight club sessions, according to statements made by Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park. Kenny was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and both Lightbridge Academy daycare center staffers have been accused of instigating fights among the toddlers and preschool age children, Fox News reports.
A Special Victim’s Unit investigation revealed that Erica Kenny and Chanese White prompted the kiddie fight club at Lightbridge Academy on at least one day during the middle of August, according to Union County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sheets.
The additional charge levied against Kenny relates to allegations that she made the video of the fight club and uploaded it to Snapchat with her cell phone. She can heard deeming the incident as “fight club” and encouraging the children at the daycare center to “engage each other physically,” according to Tap Into Scotch Plains Fanwood.
In the video, approximately 12 young boys and girls are reportedly shown attempting to hit each other and shoving one another to the ground. None of the children were thought to have sustained any serious injuries during the incident, but an investigation into the Cranford daycare center remains ongoing.
The following is an excerpt from a statement by officials from the childcare center.
“As parents and caregivers, we are shocked and saddened by this isolated incident and we have assisted the prosecutor’s office from the start of its investigation into this matter. 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. We terminated the employment of these staff members and have maintained open communication with our parents throughout this process. 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.”
Lightbridge Academy was previously known as the Rainbow Academy. The daycare provider franchise had centers in 20 locations in New Jersey.
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