Save us from the adults

My wife and I are “Aunt Suzi” and “Uncle Bill” to friends of ours’ two kids.

The kids are 7 and 3, and they’re adorable, sweet and, aside from what seems to be normal little kid stuff, well-behaved.

Birthday parties and Jewish High Holidays parties at their house mean lots of laughs, lots of food — I could eat her matzo-ball soup by the pail — and lots of other cute, sweet, largely well-behaved children.

I don’t think it has ever happened, but I’m confident in saying that if any of the kids ever started fighting, the closest adult would step in as soon as possible.

Apparently, this is not a universal value, however.

A St. Louis day care center is under fire after a video surfaced showing preschoolers punching each other in what appeared to be a fight club organized by teachers. — “Video shows apparent ‘fight club at St. Louis day care,”  Jim Salter, Associated Press

Take time to let that settle, because it gets worse.

(The video) shows small boys wearing oversized green Incredible Hulk fists punching each other, including in the head. At one point, a teacher jumps up and down in apparent excitement.

Did I say something about it getting worse?

The only person seen trying to break up a fight is another preschooler.

At this point, I should say that although two teachers were fired and one of the mothers is suing, no one was prosecuted on the ground that the circuit attorney’s office claimed there was not enough evidence.

But if any of this is true, let’s just unpack this for a moment.

Adults, but not any adults, adults whose one job was to take care of small children, decided it would be a great idea to have those children fight for their entertainment.

Who does that?

Even though my friends’ kids are adorable, I wouldn’t actually use a picture of them. The photo at the top of the post is by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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