Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Night at the Fights


"N.J. charges 2 in day-care fight club" The Washington Post News Service  September 03, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Snapchat arrived with an innocuous buzz.

But when Erica Kenny’s friends opened the cellphone app, what they saw was anything but ordinary.

On the screen flashed footage of children supposedly under the care of Kenny, an employee at a New Jersey day-care center. The children in the video weren’t playing, however.

They were fighting one another.

This week, New Jersey prosecutors charged Kenny and another female day-care employee with allegedly encouraging children under their supervision to battle one another on camera.

‘‘About a dozen children — boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6 — just fighting; throwing each other to the ground; hitting each other,’’ Union County Prosecutor Grace Park told CBS New York. ‘‘Most parents would be astonished by the behavior.’’

Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28, face fourth-degree child abuse charges. Kenny also faces an additional charge of endangering a child for filming the Snapchat scuffles. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.

They are both women?


The alleged Snapchat stunt was apparently inspired by the book and movie ‘‘Fight Club,’’ in which adults battled one another in bare-knuckle bouts.

Who can tell the damn difference anymore?

Snapchat videos normally disappear immediately after they are played, but someone recorded the temporary video, allowing investigators to analyze it, according to CBS New York.

On Tuesday, officials from the day-care center said no children were injured in the alleged incident, but the day care has a zero tolerance conflict policy. The two employees had been fired.

‘‘We are completely appalled,’’ Jaclyn Falzarano, the vice president of operations at Lightbridge Academy in Cranford, N.J., told NBC4. Falzarano said the day care is cooperating with authorities, retraining its employees, and re-examining its screening process....