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Parent upset after daycare has kids at protest

Posted at 3:50 PM, Apr 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-16 18:50:42-04

Sean Williams is outraged. He went to pick up his 3-year-old son from a daycare only to find the toddler in a picket line on the sidewalk.
But the daycare said it did nothing wrong.
Teachers and child care workers demonstrated in front of Kids Academy daycare in Henderson, calling for higher wages, with kids out there holding up signs with them.
"Why is my son standing on the side of the busy street? He should be inside the daycare," Williams asked. "I felt it was a violation of my trust and my contract to remove my son from the facility without my knowledge."
13 Action News headed to Kids Academy to get their side of the story. The director says kids were only outside for a few minutes and they were never in any danger.
When asked if children stood on the picket line with workers, director and owner Chrystal Blessing answered, "Yes, they were."
When asked why the children were out there, Blessing said, "It wasn't so much we were picketing or we were striking for anything. It was just that the kids made signs for the day of action for Fight for 15."
Blessing told 13 Action News the children were supporting the Fight for 15 movement, a worldwide call to raise salaries for daycare and fast food workers to $15 an hour.
13 Action News asked Blessing if children’s safety was at risk.

"No. They were not -- there were teachers constantly with them," she said. "And we were only out there for a few minutes, just long enough to hold their signs up."

Williams was not satisfied with her answers.
"Regardless of how long they were out there, it's not okay to take liberties with other people's children, without their permission," said Williams.
Williams told 13 Action News he never had any problems with the daycare until now. He just says he doesn't want them to have what he called another lapse in judgment.