Day care workers arrested for running a Toddler Fight Club

First rule of Toddler Fight Club: Definitely DO NOT talk about Toddler Fight Club.

Three Delaware women from Hands of Our Future Daycare have been arrested on charges of running an organized fight ring with their children. Apparently this is not one of those state-of-the-art daycare facilities with cameras that let parents log on and watch the goings-on from their work computers. But apparently somebody’s cellphone video camera caught footage of the fight action back in March, and it sounds pretty damning.

Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump, who saw the video, said, “One of the kids involved ran over to one of the adults for protection, but she turned him around back into the fight,” according to Fox News. Police also said in the video one child cries, “He’s pinching me!” to which one of the day care workers replies, “No pinching, only punching.”

Stump added: “The bottom line is that the kids were whaling on each other and the adults were doing nothing to stop it. In fact they were egging it on.”

This has got to be beyond every parent’s worst nightmare. Dropping off your child at daycare with total strangers for the first time has got to be a disconcerting experience—but even then most parents probably imagine neglect, maybe a daycare worker being overly harsh and negatively impacting a child’s delicately congealing emotional balance. But an actual organized enforced fight ring at daycare? That’s probably beyond the pale of what most parents could conjure up in their evilist imagination.

I would make some kind of half-assed joke about these kids being especially prepared to defend themselves in grade school now, but nah—they probably won’t even remember it consciously, say nothing of retaining fighting skills, and the experience will probably just leave some vague emotional or psychological scar.

Thankfully, police said none of the toddlers sustained serious injuries.

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