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Video Of ‘Day Care Fight Club’ Has Parents Outraged

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In October 2018, a vicious video of 3 and 4-year-old children getting into fistfights at daycare, being egged on and encouraged by their teachers, surfaced and resulted in a lawsuit.

This pint-sized brawl happened in December 2016 at Adventure Learning Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Nicole Merseal claimed her son, who was 4-years-old at the time, was encouraged to punch another child and get into a fight by their two teachers, Tena Dailey and Mikayla Guliford.

Merseal filed a lawsuit, and accused the daycare of allowing another child “to intimidate and harm” her son as they ran a “fight club” amongst the children.

In the video, a boy wearing a pair of Incredible Hulk Smash Hands and Merseal’s son can be seen getting into a fistfight as a teacher watches. One of her other sons captured the toddlers tussling and sent it to his mom, which prompted Merseal to call the police and have them do some investigating.

Director of Adventure Learning Center Jennifer Scott confronted Guliford about the daycare fight club, and she said “we ran out of things to do” and that the students “were bored” which, apparently, called for a fistfight.

She admitted to this, although she claimed it was to “relieve stress” amongst the children.

Scott said:

“I meant for the fighting with the Hulk Hands to be a stress release exercise. It did not last more than three or four minutes.”

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She claimed no children were injured, although according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, this is a false claim, as one of the then-4-year-old boys was left with red marks, facial swelling, and a black eye.

Guliford said encouraging toddlers to get into a fistfight was “a bad judgment call” on her part.

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Scott called the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline and, as one would assume, both Dailey, 22, and Guliford, 28, were fired and charged with felony first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating a substantial risk.

But, in a surprising turn of events, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office dropped the case and failed to prosecute the teachers, claiming there wasn’t enough evidence.

They stated:

“There was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any laws were violated.”

As a result, Merseal sued the Adventure Learning Center for negligence, recklessness, and breach of contract, as well as $25,000 in damages.

Now, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has confirmed his office is going to investigate the daycare. 

Schmitt announced he is launching the civil investigative demand and examining this case further as an attempt to find possible violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.

Schmitt clarified that this civil investigation is separate from the ongoing investigation one being conducted by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.

He said the following in his statement on Tuesday, February:

“Children are some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and any attempts to harm them in any way will not be tolerated.My job is to protect all 6 million Missourians, and my office will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who seek to harm others.”

People are shocked that the teachers encouraged the brawl.

Most are agreeing this is horrible, and both women should be prosecuted.

And some are saying they should also be banned from working with or being around children.

On top of arresting the teachers, some claim the daycare should be closed down.

One user, @pammyc1947 posted that the $25,000 in damages is not enough.

Adventure Learning Center has declined to comment after this second investigation was announced, and upon being contacted, a woman who answered the phone at the daycare also declined to comment before slamming the phone down and hanging up.


Written by Alex Maxx

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