YMCA Day Care Workers Suspended Over Salty Punishment

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jar of saltTo my knowledge, pickling salt has no legitimate use other than for pickling and canning foods. For that reason, I can't imagine why anyone other than a cook would keep a supply of the stuff on hand. But not only did a YMCA day care center in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania have a some picking salt on the premises, they found a use for it that didn't involve food.

According to a parent, workers at the day care fed children alum pickling salt as a punishment for misbehaving. Pickling salt is somewhat different than regular salt in that it is pure and free from additives and can cause nausea, vomiting and burns.

"We'll be going out to the facility doing interviews with the staff as well as doing different onsite investigations, seeing what we can find and if the complaint can be verified," said Pennsylvania Department of Welfare spokeswoman Stacey Witalec. I suggest they start in the kitchen.

In the meantime, five day care workers have been suspended. But according to Steven Simon, executive director of the Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands, all five had previously passed a background check.

You know, one of the hardest things a working parent must do is entrust the care of their child to someone else. In most cases, that trust is well-placed. But when you hear a story like this, it makes going to work all that much harder.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.