Children, ages 4 to 6, encouraged by teachers to brawl in day care ‘fight club’

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Lightbridge Academy in Cranford, N.J. (Google Maps)

CRANFORD, N.J. — Children as young as 4 were encouraged by their teachers to brawl at a New Jersey day care, in what was called a “fight club.”

Union County (N.J.) prosecutors told WPIX two women are accused of instigating the fights at Lightbridge Academy in Cranford, N.J.

Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28, both face fourth-degree child abuse charges. Kenny faces an additional charge of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, they could face up to 5 years in prison.

The two women allegedly coordinated the so-called “fight club” — a reference to the book and film of the same name, in which groups of adults hold secret meetings to brawl recreationally. Kenny and White recorded the children shoving each other, pushing each other to the ground and attempting to strike each other, prosecutors said.

Kenny allegedly shared the videos on Snapchat. About a dozen children ranging in age from 4 to 6 were seen in those videos, prosecutors said.

None of the children are believed to have sustained any injuries.