The shocking part of this case is that so many adults didn’t think scaring children like this was a bad idea.
Five former Mississippi daycare workers have been slapped with child-abuse charges after a viral video showed a staffer scaring a bunch of children while wearing a “Scream”-style mask.
Workers at Lil’ Blessings Child Care & Learning Center in Hamilton were trying to put a scare into some kids who they thought had been “bad,” a whistleblower said in a Facebook post.
The troubling clip prompted the state Department of Health and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to launch an investigation, which ended in five people being charged.
Former employees Sierra McCandless, Oci-Anna Kilburn, Jennifer Newman and Shyenne Shelton were each charged with three counts of felony child abuse, WTVA reported.
Traci Hutson faces misdemeanor charges of failure to report abuse and simple assault against a minor.
The facility’s owner, identified in state documents as Sheila Sanders, previously told the Monroe Journal that she fired those involved after learning about the incident.
“I don’t condone that and never have,” she told the paper.
Sanders said a similar incident was also recorded in September, but that she was not made aware of the incidents until the video appeared on social media.
One worker — who referred to herself as CeeCee — has claimed the act was not “ill-intentioned.”
“It wasn’t meant to harm anybody and it wasn’t ill-intentioned,” she said in a video shared on Facebook, according to the Daily Mail.
“The teachers asked me if I would do it or if they could use (the mask) to get their class to listen or clean up. I’m not a child abuser,” she said, adding that she made her plan of scaring the kids known to other staffers but failed to disclose it to Sanders.