A worker at a Mississippi daycare center issued a groveling apology in a video posted to social media after she was fired over another viral video that showed her screaming in the faces of terrified young children while wearing a scary Halloween mask, an incident that had many accusing her of child abuse.
In the footage that made headlines earlier this week, the woman who referred to herself as CeeCee was seen prowling the classroom in her ghoulish mask featuring a ghostly face with a gaping white mouth and a black hood from the horror movie “Scream” as she singled out “bad” tots who cried in fear as they were chased by the menacing figure.
“It wasn’t meant to harm anybody and it wasn’t ill-intentioned,’ CeeCee said in an emotional Facebook video. ‘The teachers asked me if I would do it or if they could use [the mask] to get their class to listen or clean up . . . I’m not a child abuser,” the Daily Mail reported.
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“I did not go in there at my own discretion. As in, I didn’t go in there with intentions to literally traumatize those children,” she added, saying that the children “either laughed, cried or stared blankly at her,” the outlet reported.
“I expected them to react the way they reacted when I did it,” she said.
CeeCee was fired from the Lil’ Blessing Childcare in Hamilton after the video of her ill-conceived prank drew predictable outrage from parents who weren’t laughing.
One mother whose 3-year-old was one of the kids at Lil’ Blessing said, “The sounds of them screaming are still in my head and it’s hard to sleep knowing that that was happening.”
“My kid went from not being scared of anything to being scared of everything, like literally everything,” she added. “And it’s just been a nightmare, honestly.”
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CeeCee said that she initially bought the mask from a local Dollar General store to scare her coworker before something inspired her to use it to terrorize the children instead.
“Long story short, I bought the masks to scare her eventually and they were used inappropriately,” she explained. “But what you all didn’t see was after I had left the room, I took it off and I went back into the classroom… and I said ‘CeeCee got the monster. It’s not coming back.’ And they would hug me. I known those kids their whole life.”
She also said that “the toddlers reacted as they did because “they are children,” according to the Daily Mail. “So like, I remember last Christmas there were these kids taking Christmas pictures and they would have the Grinch hiding in the bush over there and it would come out, scare the kids, and they would run – and people thought that was funny… essentially it’s the same thing, it is the same thing.”
“They knew it was me, and they had the reaction they did cause they’re children and that’s it,” she added later in the video.
CeeCee was among four employees who were sent packing over the disturbing video but their troubles could soon extend to more than unemployment.
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In an interview with Tupelo, MS television outlet WTVA which reported on the mischief at Lil’ Blessing, Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook said that no charges have been filed but that authorities are “looking into” the incident.
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