'Ball up them fists!' Outrage over video showing mother encouraging her small children to fight as they scream for it to stop
By Daily Mail Reporter
17:11 EST, 4 July 2012 | UPDATED:
17:12 EST, 4 July 2012
When her children began to fight, this mother in St Louis, Missouri, didn't pull them apart and stop them.
Instead, she yells at them to fight harder. As one of the children is pummeled by the other, she doesn't step in.
'Ya'll better ball up some fists, she encourages. Hit back! Y'all better hit back!' the mother says as her children begin to scream.
Scroll down for video
Fighting: The girl on the left screams and cries as she is beaten by the right on the right -- and her mother encourages the beating instead of stopping it
The mother, who was not identified, posted the disturbing video of the fight on Facebook. An acquaintance saw it and showed the footage to local TV station KTVI
'Itís just sickening and I feel like there should be some kind of criminal action taken,' the informant, who was not named, told the news channel.
'I couldnít even watch the whole video. I had to stop it and look again. It was sad.'
The woman said the mother, whom she knows through her child's school, appeared to be training the very young children for fighting when they get older.
A child psychologist who saw the clip was stunned.
Reported: KTVI, which obtained a copy of the video, turned over footage to the Missouri Department of Social Services
No help: The mother offered no help or sympathy to the girl who was being hurt. She only yelled at her to fight back
'Thatís pretty overwhelming. Those are small children that really donít even understand what is going on. I mean one child is screaming and the other child continues to go after her. I mean what is going on here?' asked a horrified Dr Russell Hyken, who was interviewed by KTVI.
The mother seems to be presiding over a toddler fight club and continues to encourage the violence between the children, even when one stands on top of the other and hits her with her fist.
'Oh we got some action! 'We got some action!' the mother can be heard gleefully saying as the fight breaks out.
She laughs as she watches the two youngster scream and cry.
KTVI presented the video to the Missouri Department of Social Service, though a spokeswoman refused to comment, saying privacy laws prevent the agency from talking about child welfare investigations.
Dr Hyken said authorities need to get involved with the situation.
'I think it is something that they at least need to be looking at... as a therapist, and a family therapist at that, Iím pretty concerned the parents are encouraging violence and putting their kids in a physically abusive situation,' he said.
Read more: Video shows mother encouraging her two small children to fight eachother | Mail Online