Mother sues day care over video of girl scream­ing at Easter Bunny

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Gal Tziper­man Lotan

A mother whose tod­dler’s fright­ened re­ac­tion to a visit by the Easter Bunny at her Osce­ola County day care went vi­ral is now su­ing, say­ing she pro­hib­ited the day­care from pub­lish­ing videos of her daugh­ter.

In March, some­one at Around the World Learn ing Cen­ter cap­tured 2-year-old Su­rai Bryson scream­ing in fear and stum­bling back­ward as a per­son in an Easter Bunny cos­tume waved at her and the other kids.

The video has been viewed mil­lions of times, both in its orig­i­nal form and in ver­sions edited to make it look like Su­rai is re­act­ing to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and singer Justin Bieber.

When she en­rolled her daugh­ter in the day care, Cas­san­dra Bryson signed a form de­clin­ing per­mis­sion for the day care to pub­lish pho­tos or videos of her daugh­ter on so­cial me­dia, court records show.

“She put her child in preschool and trusted her daugh­ter with these folks, and they vi­o­lated that trust,” said Bryson’s at­tor­ney Scott Leeds, of the Plan­ta­tion-based Cochran Firm South Florida. “If you look at the video, there are other chil­dren cry­ing at the same time. And it all ap­peared to be a big joke.”

Around the World Learn­ing Cen­ter, which is on Trafal­gar Boule­vard, did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Wed­nes­day. They haven’t been for­mally served with the suit, Leeds said.

Leeds said he does not know who filmed the video or who up­loaded it. The fam­ily was hurt not just by the video but by cruel, some­times racist com­ments peo­ple left un­der it, Leeds said. He said Su­rai, now in a new day care, is “seek­ing pro­fes­sional treat­ment.”

“The lit­tle child has re­ally sus­tained some se­vere trauma from this,” Leeds said.

An amended com­plaint filed in Osce­ola County court Wed­nes­day seeks un­spec­i­fied dam­ages. Leeds said he has not dis­cussed a spe­cific fig­ure with his client. “Cas­san­dra’s a lovely lovely per­son and she re­ally feels strongly about get­ting the mes­sage out there, it’s never been about money,” Leeds said.

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