Videos on Facebook show a day care worker wearing a Halloween mask and yelling at children
HAMILTON, MS – Four people linked to viral video footage of Mississippi daycare employees using a scary mask to frighten young children are facing charges of felony child abuse, and a fifth person faces two misdemeanor counts.
The daycare’s owner, Sheila Sanders, is not facing charges. She has said that at least four of the employees were fired after the video came to light.
The videos, one filmed in September and another this month, were posted on social media. They show a daycare worker at Lil’ Blessings Child Care & Learning Center in Hamilton, an unincorporated community in northeast Mississippi, wearing a Halloween mask similar to the one in the “Scream” movies and yelling at children who didn’t “clean up” or “act good.”
Children can be seen bawling, cowering in fear, and at times running from the masked employee. Another employee gives directions, singling out which children have acted good or bad, The Associated Press reported. The employee in the mask is shown screaming inches away from children’s faces, the video showed.
Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook said in a news release that four of the women each face three counts of felony child abuse. A fifth woman, he says, faces charges of failure to report abuse by a mandatory reporter and simple assault against a minor — both misdemeanors.
“They can’t use corporal punishment, so we think they were using the mask to try to scare the kids into doing what they were supposed to be doing,” Crook said.
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Trauma from unchecked abuse normally results in a helpless child’s brain improperly developing. If allowed to continue for a prolonged period, it can act as a starting point into a life in which the brain uncontrollably releases potentially damaging levels of inflammation-promoting stress hormones and chemicals, even in non-stressful daily routines.
It has been described as a continuous, discomforting anticipation of ‘the other shoe dropping’ and simultaneously being scared of how badly you will deal with the upsetting event, which usually never transpires. I myself experience this daily.
The lasting emotional/psychological pain from such trauma is very formidable yet invisibly confined to inside one’s head. It is solitarily suffered, unlike an openly visible physical disability or condition, which tends to elicit sympathy/empathy from others. It can make every day a mental ordeal, unless the turmoil is treated with some form of medicating, either prescribed or illicit.
Seriously, a psychologically and emotionally sound, as well as a physically healthy, future must be every child’s foremost right, especially considering the very troubled world into which they never asked to enter.
Fgsjr2015, Yes I got to agree with you. Me and my Little Brother was Blessed having each other. We was bullyed at school, and beat with a bull whip FOR quiet a number of years every church service, and several times in between. BUT, being Best Friends with my Little Brother, and spending quiet a bit of time on military bases, we hardened up pretty quick, plus the fact that Frank got attacked and bit while running my paper route, SO that brought out the Big Brother in me. But we didn’t stay little long, I grew to near 6’7″ and Frank was near 6’5″ 230lbs, AND we fought tournament martial arts for a number of years, NOBODY messes with us.
Also we help battered women and their Children out of dangerous environments. Come join us sometime Fgsjr2015.
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