Victoria childcare centre investigated for ‘Fight Club’

Island Health has launched an investigation after video shows children fighting while supervisors watch.

An Greater Victoria child care centre, based in Esquimalt, is in hot water after video surfaced of children fighting on a school ground while supervisors calmly stood by watching.

Video of the incident shows two adult female staff members standing by and letting two young boys roughhouse or fight each other. At one point a group of children can be seen sitting nearby watching and cheering while two young girls also begin to throw each other around and punch.

Island Health is now aware of the incident and say they have started an investigation into Ciara Early Childhood Centre, who are cooperating at this time.

In a statement emailed to Black Press, Island Health says Community Care Licensing is investigating and takes all complaints extremely seriously.

“The safety and protection of children who attend child care facilities is our top priority. Given the serious nature of this event, we are working with the operator on a health and safety plan that will remain in place until the investigation is resolved.”

The centre’s manager, Angelie Friebe, took to Facebook Saturday morning to say the rough and tumble play was not a planned activity, and not approved by her.

“Rough and tumble play is NOT a part of our daily program and the decision of staff to allow it although no one got hurt was and is unacceptable for the following reason, staff are not fully trained on Rough and Tumble Play, it is not in Ciara’s program and was not approved by the Manager, it was not given written support and permission by the parents of the children who choose to engage in it,” read a portion of her statement, which can be viewed in full below.

She goes on to say that none of the children were hurt in the incident, but that hasn’t calmed many people in the community who have now voiced their concerns in the reviews section of the childhood centre’s Facebook page.

More to come…


 

@ragnarhaagen
ragnar.haagen@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

New hospice programs aim eyed for at-home patients and caregivers

Abbotsford Hospice Society set to launch day program for people living at home with terminal illness

Abbotsford Arts Council seeks submissions for 2020 exhibits

Kariton Art Gallery hosts 10 to 12 shows each year

Abbotsford man crafts one-of-a-kind metal sculptures at Green Lake home

‘I am in an office all day and this is my way to get away from all of that’

SLIDESHOW: Symphony in the Park

Free concert at Mill Lake featured Abbotsford’s young orchestra talent

VIDEO: Abbotsford police arrest man suspected of using pepper-spray against another man

Police cruisers collide in pursuit of suspect fleeing on a stolen bicycle

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

Most Read