Day Care Under Investigation After Incident Caught on Video
A day care in Fort Mill, South Carolina is currently under investigation after an incident involving a teacher and two toddlers was caught on video.
The day care, Fort Mill Preparatory Cooperative Preschool, has a history of excellence, receiving an A+ rating from the state of South Carolina.
About the Controversial Day Care Video
The unpleasant video features a teacher, who has remained unnamed because charges have not been filed, “forcefully drop[ping]” a child down onto a sleeping mat, then picking up a second toddler, placing him on another sleeping mat, and pushing his head down several times in an attempt to force him to stay put.
According to WSOC TV, the video was shot by a former teacher of the school, Brittany Harris, who has since quit due to the handling of the situation. According to Harris, “My first thought was to get out my phone and to take a video of what was going on.”
Harris’ son was also in the room, and she feared for his safety.
After the incident, Harris brought the video directly to the day care owner, Christine Boatwright. She played the video for both Boatwright and the unnamed teacher in question. After immediate action was not taken, Harris quit her job at the day care.
Harris then claimed that she contacted the Department of Social Services herself, saying, “There was no reason those little 1-year-olds should have been handled the way they were.” She claims that she feared the incident being swept under the rug and parents not being informed.
About the Day Care’s Reaction
When asked about the incident, Boatwright said, “We do not excuse her behavior and we would never condone that. What she did was wrong… I think what they saw is a frustrated teacher who was acting roughly with children, but not intending to hurt them… It’s not a pretty video to watch. It's not nice. But we love and care for our children here.”
The teacher was fired after the incident. She had worked at Fort Mill Prep for eight years without a single notable issue, and is said to be a quiet, soft spoken woman who was good with children.
According to Boatwright, toddlers often get restless during nap time, and the teacher’s frustration got the best of her.
The Department of Social Services is now investigating with the help of York County sheriff’s deputies.