Preschool teacher charged with child endangerment for urging 21 toddlers to brawl in school playground
Chavay Williams took a video of the tiny tots brawling and put it up on Snapchat. She has now been charged with 21 counts of child endangerment
Preschool often brings happy memories of young children learning new things and playing with their friends in a safe environment away from their parents and homes. Unfortunately for some preschoolers in Ohio, their teacher had a very different idea of what playtime is meant to be.
The teacher was charged with multiple counts of child endangerment after she urged her nearly two dozen wards to fight with one another in the playground. She also took a video of the tiny tots brawling and put it up on Snapchat. A mother-of-two, 30-year-old Chavay Williams has since been fired from her job as a preschool teacher at the Playtime Preschool in East Columbus after she posted the video on the social media site with the title 'knock out'.
The Daily Mail reported that the footage showed around 21 students fighting in the playground. The teacher was relieved from her job in June this year. Detective John Hurst, who works with the Columbus Police Department's Physical Abuse Unit, said that one of the worried parents of the kids reported the video to authorities and child protective services.
The detective said that the post on Snapchat showed a few of the children weeping while other children were kicking and punching one another even as one kid gets knocked down. The class is made up of children who are all three and four years old. Hurst said that none of the toddlers were hurt in the incident.
He told NBC24 in an interview: "It was pretty disturbing. And then to have an adult there that allowed this to go on and encouraged it." He also said an investigation into the incident revealed that Williams had urged her students to fight one another. Another teacher was also fired along with Williams for failing to stop the fight that broke out between the toddlers. One parent told the news outlet: "It was really a shock to know that this happened. I couldn’t believe it."
The owner of the preschool, Elizabeth Lawson, said that the former teacher had worked with the company for six years before the incident took place. She also said that Williams' behavior went downhill and she had been acting very erratically after she was let off from her job at Playtime earlier this year for unspecified reasons. Lawson confirmed that all parents of the toddlers were contacted about the brawl and that none of them have taken their children out of the preschool.
Williams was charged with 21 counts of child endangerment on September 19. The former teacher is set to appear in court for a hearing in October. According to documents that were filed in court, Williams told the authorities that she had wanted to show the parents of the toddlers how their children behaved when they were in school.