Rough childcare?

Update: Apple Montessori School releases statement

Here is a statement released from Apple Montessori Schools this afternoon regarding the “viral” video involving their facility at Maxwell Place:


June 11, 2015

Apple Montessori Schools Hoboken NJ - Rough childcare?“The safety and well-being of our students are our top priorities. We are deeply troubled by the behavior of the former staffer toward a student at our Hoboken location.

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, ownership of the Apple Montessori School in Hoboken first saw the video in question and immediately terminated the aid.

Additionally, the Director and Assistant Director of the location, who had possession of the video on June 4, 2015, have been terminated for their mishandling of this incredibly serious situation. A teacher and a second teacher’s aid that were present for the incident have also been terminated.

We are outraged by the lack of care and concern this former employee showed. We do not condone this type of behavior in any way, shape or form. Additionally, we are instituting new safety measures to ensure that this type of incident doesn’t happen again.”

Update: NBC news picks up “tot rough up” story

June 10, 2015:
Here’s tonight’s NBC News broadcast of the “toddler rough up…”

Rough Childcare caught on video in Hoboken

There’s a video circulating around that shows a worker at Apple Montessori School at Maxwell Place allegedly “mis-handling” a child. From what we can see, it sure does look like she’s being a bit too rough with the toddler (unsure of age).

I’m sure kids can be frustrating and so on, but any kind of treatment like this should be exclusively at the parent’s discretion – not some third-party entrusted to CARE for the kid.

What are your thoughts?

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Friday, June 12, 2015 6:07 pm

I completely agree with NonYaDamnBusiness’s post. At absolute worst, all the adult did was become a little rougher than needed, but even that’s a close call. Meanwhile, “abuse”? “Thrown” to the ground? “Appalling”? All Nonsense.

I think people react like trained seals to these kinds of videos that involve children, expressing shock and outrage simply because they’re told to, when in fact the actual video evidence barely shows anything noteworthy of a verbal reprimand, let alone a scandal.

Given the build-up on this story, I was expecting to see hitting, punching, kicking — something truly awful. No. This was an adult who tried to get a toddler to stand up a couple times, the toddler kept “playing dead,” and then the adult gave up. End of story.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:33 pm

Funny how the yuppie, high income parents don’t find this to be a necessarily appalling situation. If it had happened in one of the Hoboken Board of Education schools they’d all be saying that that’s the reason they put their kids in over rated private schools.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:59 pm

Yes. It seems more like the parents are justifying their own decisions about their childs daycare, than the reality that just happened.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:43 pm

Can we ban tall videos like that? So sick of them!

Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:00 am

I’m so troubled by this. It’s hard to imagine a place where a worker would be so rough with a child (23 months old!). If overseeing workers costs too much, it is not an okay place for children.

There are schools in Hoboken that start at 2-year-olds and up that have certified teachers caring for children. I have friends with two, three and four-year olds at Stevens Cooperative School and they couldn’t be happier.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:36 am

This video is concerning to me as person who has their child in the Hoboken Daycare. These are paid professionals and should not be getting frustrated or when the do they need to know the proper way to handle. I understand everyone gets frustrated but this was an example of what not to do. There was another care giver there who could of stepped in but chose to ignore. Based on this video I am not sure I would enroll my child in this particular school, hopefully they are more diligent in their hiring in the downtown location

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