There was a joke in an old “I Love Lucy” episode in which Lucy misunderstood a reference to “three-year-olds” in a story about horse racing, and announced in horror, “They’re racing little girls at Churchill Downs!”
Well, this is worse, and it’s no joke.
“According to Dover Police, three employees from the Hands of Our Future Daycare in Delaware were arrested after a cell phone video showed employees watching and encouraging two 3-year-olds fight each other. Tiana Harris, 19, Lisa Parker, 47, and Estefania Myers, 21, were charged with Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Reckless Endangering and Conspiracy for the incident, which occurred in March of 2012 and was captured on cell phone video. In the video, police say one child can be heard crying and yelling, ‘He’s pinching me,’ while a daycare worker responds, ‘No pinching, only punching.’”
I’m still processing this story, and I may never be finished. However, I can say this: if, in America, three women can randomly come together and all see nothing wrong with using the babies entrusted in their care as little pitbulls or fighting cocks, to duke it out for their amusement, our culture cannot be doing anything but a miserable job at teaching basic ethical values. There is no other conclusion to be made, unfortunately. These cannot be freaks or aberrations. There are monsters among us, more than we know or like to admit, and we have to be vigilant.
We also have to find a way to stop breeding them, because that’s what we are doing.
Graphic: Pulled My Groin
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