Cops: Ex-Teacher Posted Tape of Pre-K 'Fight Club'

Chavay Williams is accused of egging on preschoolers in her charge
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2018 8:58 AM CDT
Cops: Ex-Teacher Spurred Preschoolers to Fight
Some of the kids apparently tried to escape the fighting.   (Getty Images/669573752)

What happens in pre-K fight club, stays in pre-K fight club—except if the (now former) teacher posts video of it online. Ohio police say 30-year-old Chavay Williams did just that with her young charges at Columbus' Playtime Preschool, where she's accused of allowing her students to fight and then uploading a video of it to Snapchat, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Court records say the footage of the June 14 incident shows some of the kids—21 of them in all, ages 3 to 5—crying, and that some of them were even trying to escape the fighting in the fenced-in playground area, all while staff "recorded the activity without a response." The video, meanwhile, were uploaded with various emojis (including a boxing glove and a "crazy face"), as well as the phrase "knock out," court records add.

Police were alerted to the video on June 22, and after an investigation, Williams was fired; the preschool says a second teacher was also fired but not charged, per WSYZ. No children were seriously injured. Williams, who told cops she made the video to show parents how their kids behaved at school, worked there for six years. The preschool's owner says Williams' mother had also worked there but was fired earlier this year (she didn't specify why), and that Williams started acting oddly after that. "It was really a shock, honestly, to know this happened," one parent whose 5-year-old daughter was in Williams' class tells 10TV. Williams has been hit with 21 charges of child endangerment. If she's convicted, she faces up to six months in prison for each charge. (A high school substitute teacher apparently let his students fight so they'd like him.)

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