KVUE reports that it received the clips – titled “Kiddie Fight Club” – shows children shoving each other while at least two adults stand by. The fight was actually the school director’s idea, according to a letter that was sent to parents.
In the letter, Director Tracy Shagen admitted his mistake saying, “I really thought there would be one shove or slap, and we would all apologize and go inside for a story.” She continued by saying she was attempting to “un-teach that fighting is a fun game and that hurting others is ok.”
Parents say that at least one child was injured, but details about the possible injuries have not been released.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is holding an investigation and the Texas Health and Human Services, a separate agency, has noted nine previous deficiencies at The Greenwood School over the past three years.
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