With horrifying stories involving children filling the news, putting your kids in daycare can be a daunting decision for any parent. Unfortunately, one story coming out of Virginia is only going to add to the difficult decision to put your kids in someone else’s care. Several parents in Prince William County recently became aware that their toddler’s daycare teacher had forced several children to perform unspeakable acts on each other, and it’s absolutely nauseating.
Sarah Jordan was a daycare teacher for 1-2 year old children at Minnieland Academy in a classroom dubbed “The Monkey Room.” However, her career was been cut short when a co-worker reported Sarah to Child Protective Services after seeing her do the unimaginable with the children.
The abuse occurred over an eight-month period in 2013, where Jordan mistreated the children by stepping on their toes, tripping them, and spraying them with a hose if they were scared. To make matters worse, she also designed her own “baby fight club,” where she encouraged the young children to punch each other.
The teacher’s trial occurred over three days, where the court heard from 10 parents about the changes they saw in their children after staying in Jordan’s care. With the testimonies of the parents and three co-workers, it was determined that several “children became aggressive at home, stomped on their toes and became afraid of water. Some refused to get into a bath and most cried when they were dropped off at day care,” according to Mirror.
“The teacher was making him the class bully [and he was] made to fight,” explained Blake Buckner, father of one of the kids who attended the daycare. “It was hard to hold back tears — it was emotional, very deep.”
Another father, Adam Smith, explained that his daughter “completely stopped talking,” once she was in Jordan’s classroom. “She would stomp her mom’s feet,” he explained. “She would run in and slap us for no apparent reason and start giggling.”
Although Jordan denies the accusations, police have determined that she, along with her co-worker Kierra Spriggs, both traumatized the children within their classroom. Sarah is facing 40 years in prison after being found guilty of 13 charges of child abuse and will be sentenced in May.
Making your own “baby fight club” alone is horrible, but to do it in a classroom, where students are meant to be cared for, is nauseating. People like Jordan and Spriggs make parents fearful of teachers, who are irrefutably the one stranger we should be able to trust with our children’s safety.