There’s not a lot to say about this one. I usually don’t write about incidents that are obviously unethical to this extreme, but when something broadens my understanding of the full range of human depravity, and makes my head explode, like this story, attention must be paid.
I missed the first coverage of this atrocity, which sounds like a bad joke, two years ago. Last week, Virginia jury found day-care provider Kierra Spriggs, 26, guilty of four counts of felony child cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery after a two-week jury trial in Prince William County. She was a “teacher” at the idyllically named Minnieland Academy at the Glen until fellow teachers blew the whistle on her in 2014.
Testimony during the trial indicated that Spriggs habitually and sadistically mistreated the toddlers, including encouraging twin sisters to fight each other. Prosecutors characterized her crowded classroom containing nearly 20 toddlers from 18 to 27 months as “baby fight club.” She also..
…fed a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto to a toddler, leaving the girl gasping for air.
…stepped on kids’ toes and laughed.
…put rubber bands on the toddlers’ hands and snapped them.
…intentionally tripped a running child.
…dumped water on a little girl’s head.
…taught the children to abuse each other.
Good. But questions remain in whatever segment of my brain that isn’t on my ceiling, walls, and laptop. Like.. Continue reading