Montana Daycare Faces Backlash Over Snapchat Video of Children Fighting

A Montana daycare center, Bibs to Books, has permanently closed after a video showed staff encouraging two young boys to fight. Two employees were fired, and the facility is under investigation by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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Montana Daycare Faces Backlash Over Snapchat Video of Children Fighting

Montana Daycare Faces Backlash Over Snapchat Video of Children Fighting

Bibs to Books daycare center in Billings Heights, Montana has permanently videos, lead, closing after a video emerged on social media showing two young boys, aged 3 and 4, play fighting while staff members watched and encouraged the behavior. The video was posted on Snapchat without the permission of the boys' mothers, Jocelyn Pflughoft and Jackie Devincenzi.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the importance of responsible social media use and supervision in childcare settings, as it can have serious consequences for the children involved and the reputation of the facility. It also raises questions about the training and accountability of daycare staff in ensuring the safety and well-being of children in their care.

As a result of the incident, two employees were fired and the daycare center has been closed for staffing training. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services conducted an investigation and performed an unannounced visit to the facility on Tuesday. The facility has been given the opportunity to respond to the investigation's findings.

Jocelyn Pflughoft, mother of one of the boys and recently appointed director at Bibs to Books, claims she was not present during the incident and only learned about it through social media. "They were just being boys. I don't know how else to put it," said Pflughoft. "Everybody needs to realize kids are going to be kids. They were playing. You can see in the video, they were smiling and laughing."

The daycare center is owned by Linda Thomas, who had to take time off due to health problems. While the mothers of the boys involved do not believe any harm was done to their children, they are upset that the video was posted without their permission. Other parents, such as Greg Stout whose four-year-old attended the daycare, believe there is more to the story. "Linda, our daughter loves you. I'm sorry this happened to you. You put your trust in somebody that obviously you couldn't trust, but hindsight's 2020,"saidvideos, lead, closing.

The daycare center has faced backlash and threats following the incident, leading the mothers to be concerned for their safety. Pflughoft stated, "I'm giving them my side of the story. We did everything to our best ability to do what we had to do for the employees that were there that got fired. I don't know what else the public wants or wants us to do."