Mom Sues Over Toddler 'Fight Club' at Missouri Day Care

Footage shows apparent toddler 'fight club' at US childcare centre

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Video shows apparent 'fight club' at Missouri day care center

Nicole Merseal says one of her her sons, who was 10 years old at the time, filmed the fighting with his iPad, KTVI reports.

The mum told ABC News her four-year-old was "very afraid" and he had trouble understanding why his best friends were beating him up. These are children that he's been around for a couple years. "Why he was beaten up by his best friends", Merseal said. He just doesn't understand why they punched him in the face. A circle has formed around them, as adults, along with other children, watch.

It's really hard to explain to a 4-year-old what is and isn't normal especially when they have their teacher telling them that, you know, they have to do this.

But in the lawsuit filed in January, one of the mothers said her son "continues to suffer injuries to his body, as well as mental anguish".

One of Merseal's sons started recording the incident after he became anxious about his younger brother, who was involved in the fight, Jennifer Hansen, her attorney, told ABC News. "They knew it was wrong".

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The video shows a child wearing hulk fists and punching another boy in the head as a teacher jumps up and down in excitement. There, state workers found that the daycare left children unsupervised, one child was not properly restrained in a vehicle and, disturbingly, "children [were] not accounted for upon arrival from field trip".

The director stopped the fighting and both teachers were fired.

Once the mother saw the video, she immediately contacted the director and informed him about the situation. Her children were also brought back to the site so that they could be interviewed. The two women were then fired.

"I want them to be held accountable and I don't want this to happen to any other child", the mother told KTIV.

Guliford admitted to allowing the fighting, but said she merely meant it to be a "stress release exercise".

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She claims it didn't last for more than about four minutes and none of the kids were hurt.

The city's Department of Health and Senior Services conducted an investigation upon learning of the incident, according to a statement released to ABC News. "The facility completed the corrective measures in April 2017". Merseal isn't satisfied and is suing the day care centre for more than $35,000. "They gave them a slap on the wrist".

UPDATE October 31, 2018: There is a new petition "calling on the St. Louis Police to file child abuse charges against the two preschool teachers".

Although the incident happened nearly two years ago, the mother says not much was done. "It's really sad that he had to go through this".

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