So when you drop off your kid at daycare, you have a reasonable expectation that he/she will be safe there. That the employees will be caring and kind and that when you come back, your child will be unharmed, healthy, and happy. You also expect that if there's a fight between the kids that one of the caretakers will step in and resolve the conflict before anyone really gets hurt. It's a fair expectation.
What you don't expect is to find out that your 3 year old was forced to physically pummel another 3 year old for entertainment while the workers laugh and the children cry. And it was all caught on an employee's cell phone video.
That's what happened in a Delaware daycare earlier this year. The Hands of Our Future, in Dover, was temporarily shut down (but has since re-opened) when police got their hands on the video. Three of the employees were arrested, too, and charged with second degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and conspiracy.
Now the mothers of the children in the video are suing the daycare, it's owners, and the women who were entrusted with the care of their little ones. The suit claims false imprisonment, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract.
I have to ask the question: Why would someone force toddlers (who didn't even want to - not that willingness makes it that much better) to physically fight each other? It's like c***-fighting, or dog-fighting, or any other illegal fighting but this time it's human children. I have to give this a big 'ol WTF!?!
It's not treating kids with any dignity or respect. It's treating them worse than animals. I brought this up and discussed it with friends and was surprised by what I learned. Here comes the controversy:
I was told that "toughening kids up" is common in ghetto-type cultures. And that forced fights are not an uncommon way of accomplishing it.
What do you think? And if you were the mothers of the children involved, would you sue the daycare, too?