- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Two former employees of a New Jersey day care center are accused of forcing children, ages 4 to 6, into what they called a “fight club” and the recording the altercations to Snapchat, authorities said Tuesday.

Erica Kenny, 22, of Cranford and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle both are charged with fourth-degree child abuse for the alleged fights at the Lightbridge Academy day care center in Cranford, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said, NJ.com reported.

Ms. Kenny, who is also charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, is accused of recording the fights with her cellphone and sharing them on social media, Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sheets said.

He said that in the video clips, believed to be recorded Aug. 13, about a dozen boys and girls at the day care center are seen shoving each other to the ground and trying to hit each other. Ms. Kenny can be heard calling the activity a “fight club,” quoting from the book and movie of the same name, Mr. Sheets said, NJ.com reported.

None of the children involved in the fights is believed to have suffered any serious injuries.

“As parents and caregivers, we are shocked and saddened by this isolated incident,” said Brenda Febbo, vice president of sales and marketing for Lightbridge Academy, NJ.com reported. “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.”

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