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Two Missouri daycare workers are facing felony charges after running an alleged “fight club” with children as young as 3, the New York Post reports.

An outraged mom shared the footage which brought to light the pearl-clutching shenanigans of Mickala Guliford, 28, and Tena Dailey, 22, who were charged Saturday with endangering the welfare of a child — two years after the alleged incident took place. Both are due in court on Dec. 3, the report states.

The charges came weeks after Nicole Merseal shared a video of her 4-year-old son engaged in a brawl. She sued Adventure Learning Center in St. Louis over the December 2016 incident, claiming Guliford and Dailey encouraged the fights.

Both teachers were arrested and lost their jobs, but neither of them faced charges until Merseal recently spoke out publicly.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office told the AP that charges would not be filed due to “insufficient evidence.” But on Monday, the spokesperson said they miraculously obtained the additional evidence needed to charge the teachers.

“It makes me happy. That’s exactly what we were hoping. That’s the reason why we brought this to the media,” Merseal told Fox 2 Now. “We were wanting them to take a second look at this because I don’t feel like there was any punishment.”

Video of the alleged fight club was filmed by Merseal’s 10-year-old son, who reportedly saw the fighting from the window of an adjacent classroom. According to Merseal’s lawsuit, he filmed the fight with his iPad and texted it to his mom, who immediately alerted the preschool director. Guliford admitted she encouraged the kids to wrestle, but said it was meant to be a “stress release exercise.”

Merseal is one of two mothers suing the learning center. She’ s seeking $25,000 in damages.

“Ms. Merseal is humbled by the strong support of the St. Louis community in wanting justice for the kids at Adventure Learning Center who were forced to fight each other that day,” Merseal’s lawyer, Jennifer Hansen, told the Post-Dispatch in an email.

“Ms. Merseal remains hopeful that the state agencies in charge of supervising and subsidizing Adventure Learning Center will finally hold the daycare accountable, too.”



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15 thoughts on “Fight Club Teachers Charged After Video Surfaces

  1. linda spence on said:

    As a daycare provider, I have feared for a longtime if an adults do not like a child/children behavior they will find ways to punish them. There is a serious problem with parents, children, teachers & daycare workers that no one is addressing. Most of the problem is respect and trust from all are gone & the children suffer more than anyone.

  2. Yes, if that was my child I would sue for millions. These “bitches” deserve jail for a long time and a beat down for doing these babies like that. What a got damn shame!!!

  3. Goldie 2 on said:

    That mother needs to sue for more than $25,000. She needs to sue the Day Care Center itself and then sue THE STATE. That is disgraceful and EVERYONE INVOLVED SHOULD BE CHARGED.

  4. Unfortunately, we put our children in the care of people that we really don’t know. We entrust these childcare facilities because moms/dads have to work. My son and daughter-in-law pay good money for a daycare, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a “cuckoo” teaching her. We just don’t know – the world we live in. I pick her up daily, ask questions about her day, and check her body! The day she came home singing “Oh Lawdy pick a bail of cotton . . . ” I lost my freakin’ mind!!

  5. People are losing it! I can’t believe this is happening. We need to pray for our people. And please tell me why this place is still operational? And if there are any parents still bringing there children there, that’s alarming.

  6. Christianforreal on said:

    Put them under the jail!!! And they are child care workers somewhere? I bet anyone, ‘a dollar to a box of donuts’, these young ladies have no certification and probably no training. Sounds like this place is run like the one where the little girl stomped the head of an infant. SHAMEFUL!!!

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