DUDLEY (CBS) – A Dudley Boys & Girls Club employee has been fired after an alleged assault during a program at the facility.
Dudley Police said the incident, which involved a staff member and “some students,” was reported Tuesday.
No serious injuries were reported.
In a statement, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Webster-Dudley said an unspecified staff member “violated club policy” and was fired.
Parents of the child involved in the incident were notified.
The girl’s grandmother, Stacey Lundy-Teixeira took to social media to say that the employee, “smelled of alcohol” and, “pulled my granddaughter’s hair.” She also alleges that the worker told young children they had to “give him a hug and kiss if they wanted a cookie.”
Lundy-Teixeira says people had to know what was happening at the facility.
“People had to know. We’re talking about children. Someone has to protect the children,” Lundy-Teixeira said.
She says she was also concerned about the children’s safety.
“I’m afraid, you know? There were many children, from what I understand, involved based on what my granddaughter told me. And it was heart-wrenching,” Lundy-Teixeira said.
The granddaughter told WBZ-TV that the employee made threats.
“He was talking to us and told me he was going to ‘smack’ the braces off me,” she said. “So then he started chasing us around the cafeteria tables.”
She said the other children formed a protective barrier.
“Everyone was crowding around me because he was pointing at me and said, ‘I am coming for you,'” the granddaughter said.
The Boys and Girls Club said that the safety of the children is one of their primary concerns.
“The safety and protection of the children we serve are the number one priority of the Boys & Girls Clubs,” the club said in a statement. “Our organization is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any Club staff, volunteer or youth member.”
Police said no charges have been filed as of Thursday and no felony crimes are believed to have been committed.
Boys & Girls Club employees and volunteers undergo what the facility describes as a “thorough criminal background check.”
“We will continue to provide our full cooperation with the law enforcement authorities investigating these allegations, and will withhold further comment until all the facts are determined and the legal process is concluded,” the statement read.