Four employees have been fired from Lil’ Blessings Child Care & Learning Center after videos of the incident were shared online. In the video, children can be seen crying and running away from a woman wearing a mask from the movie “Scream.” In a tearful apology video, CeeCee says the act was not “malicious”. Something is loading.
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A Mississippi woman who said she was fired for wearing a “Scream” mask to scare children at the daycare center where she worked later shared a tearful apology online.
On Wednesday, apparent videos of the woman – known only as CeeCee – in a Halloween mask taunting toddlers inches from their faces circulated widely on social media, leading to her dismissal from the job. Lil’ Blessings Child Care & Learning Center in Hamilton, Mississippi, along with three colleagues.
In the video, the children can be seen crying and hiding from the woman as she chases them, but in an apology video obtained by the Daily Mail apparently posted by CeeCee later, she says it wasn’t “malicious”.
Although CeeCee acknowledges that she is the person behind the mask in each video, she claims her co-workers were aware of her plans to scare children who were “evil”. A total of four employees were fired following the stunt, according to a local newspaper.
“Teachers asked me if I would or if they could use (the mask) to get their class to listen or clean up. I’m not a child abuser,” she says in her apology.
CeeCee had worked at the daycare for nearly four years before her layoff. At least one worker can be seen laughing in the videos.
“I didn’t go there at my discretion. As in, I didn’t go there with the intention of literally traumatizing these kids. I expected them to react the way they reacted when I did,” she said in the apology.
“But what you all didn’t see was that after I left the room, I took it off and went back into the classroom…and I said ‘CeeCee got the freak. He won’t come back.’ And they hugged me in. I’ve known those kids all their lives.
Although the viral videos sparked outrage, some parents said they did not blame the facility’s owner, Sheila Sanders, for the incidents.
“I know 100% that Mrs. Sheila, the owner and manager, was unaware of this situation that was happening and as soon as she found out, all parties were immediately terminated,” said Kimberly Smith , relative of one of the terrified. children, said the local newspaper.
Sanders, owner of the daycare for 20 years, said she did not learn of the incidents until Wednesday afternoon and video was taken as early as September.
“No one came to tell me it happened in September,” she told the newspaper.
“The people who committed these acts are no longer with us. They have been fired. I was not there at the time and did not know they were doing this. I do not condone this and I do not I’ve ever done. I just want to say it’s taken care of.”
The Mississippi State Health Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case.