My mom always brags that on my first day of kindergarten, I was the only kid telling my parents to go home instead of begging them to take me back home. That was because I had been “going to school” since I was 6 weeks old. I was in the care of my neighbor, who ran a daycare and a preschool, from the time I was just a little over one month old until the time I was 4. She was always comfortable with Mrs. Jenkins because she had gone to school with her kids growing up. My mom knew I was always safe when she dropped me off. But unfortunately, not all parents have that luxury.
In Vicksburg, Mississippi, Kiddie City Child Care has been the center of a lot of controversy lately. Surveillance video shows a 9-year-old boy downright terrorizing toddlers who attended the day care. In the video, the boy was seen choking, punching, and kicking little girls under 3 years old. Many times during the instances, day care staff members were either nowhere to be found, or simply inattentive.
One parent took matters into his own hands. After observing his 1-year-old daughter come home with injuries for a week, including a busted lip and bite marks on her cheek he took action. The angry dad wanted answers that the workers couldn’t give, and slapped a boy who he thought was responsible. The dad had the wrong boy and was charged with simple assault.
One of the Kiddie City Day Care workers, Sandra Trevillion, was arrested and charged with two counts of contributing to the neglect of minors.
The biggest reason why this is such a controversy is because these attacks were caught on camera. With these children being so young, you can imagine that they won’t be able to tell their parents if something happened to them. Even with older children, some may be afraid to speak up if someone was hurting or bothering them while they were at school. It makes you consider, how much do you really know about what happens to your children when they are at school.
Are teachers and staff alert and aware about what’s going on? Are there other children or students that are bothering your child? Can you really trust who’s running these centers? How informed are you in regards to the things happening at your child’s school?
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