Tot Caught in Online War

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Oh, the internet is a rough place to be some days especially if you are a 2-year-old Arizona boy named Ryan Jones, who gets caught in the crossfire of a very public and immature online war between his mommy and the owners of his former daycare center. Life in the digital age is not all it’s cracked up to be sometimes. People tend to get a little bold when they can hide behind a screen and lose a lot of their common sense. It’s a lot easier to be petty and malicious when you can do it from the safety of your own home. 

Ryan’s mom, Maggie Jones, came across an ad for Tiny Tots daycare. She visited and felt that it was the perfect place for her kids. She was so impressed with the owners, a mother and daughter team: Maria Sul and her daughter, Carmella that she enrolled both of her boys, 2-year-old Ryan and his 5-year-old brother.

Then her 5-year-old started to complain that he wasn’t getting enough food to eat. When Maggie Jones contacted Carmella to complain about her sons lack of food, both boys were kicked out. Carmella said the reason for the dismissal was Ryan’s biting.

Then her 5-year-old started to complain that he wasn’t getting enough food to eat. When Maggie Jones contacted Carmella to complain about her sons lack of food, both boys were kicked out. Carmella said the reason for the dismissal was Ryan’s biting.

Maggie Jones claims that little Ryan had never been violent before. Hurt and rejected, Jones posted online warning telling parents to stay away from Tiny Tots.

Tiny Tots responded with a post on the same site, including Ryan’s photo and warning other daycare operators that he was a “biter.”

Carmella Sul then sent a text to Maggie Jones’s phone that read: “Your kid is a dog and he keeps biting.”

What?!

I don’t know about you but that broad just went too far. As if sharing a photo of my 2-year-old and labeling him a biter were not awful enough, she compared him to a dog?  Personally, forget about the online battle. That text alone would have been enough for me to go over to Tiny Tots in real life and face-to-face hash it out with Carmella Sul. She went too far.

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As far as I am concerned, both women were behaving like petty children and in the end the one who really got hurt was the child, a 2-year-old whose face is now plastered all over the Internet, labeled a biter.

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Ladies, handle your issues like adults. Be mature,  talk about it and keep it offline! 

What would you do if someone slandered your child and put their photo on the Internet?

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Tot Caught in Online War

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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4 comments

  1. Nicole says:

    I don’t understand why anyone is mad at the mother. If my children were kicked out of the school and I suspected it was because they weren’t feeding my children and I confronted them about it and they brought up some bogus excuse they had never told me about, I would tell as many friends as possible to avoid the place. If they had a website to leave comments, I would leave comments about my dissatisfaction. There is no fault on the mother as this article is stating. Mothers look out for other mothers. The way the business handled the situation was disgusting and wrong and worth suing over. Seriously, a 2 year old doesn’t care that his picture is floating around the Internet, but it’s the principle of the matter that a business would react that way. Who wants these horrible people watching their children? I have a feeling they weren’t feeding the kids. They didn’t want to get caught so they told her that her son bites. Heck, all kids try to bite. Teach them not to. This story is beyond fishy and I really hope the parent sues them for posting the picture, making comments and not feeding my children. At the very least they should have their license pulled so they can no longer have a day care.

  2. Saleema says:

    I personally would have had their license pulled. Regardless if that parent posted what she did, That daycare should have remained professional. Hopefully other parents who bring their kids to that daycare realizes what kind of people they have watching their kids and remove their kids as well.

  3. TwitchyFox says:

    it started when i said some things i shouldn’t have i will admit it that my comments started it…. but seriously…. bf brother called me a whore and called my son, about 6 months at the time, a bastard. I was pissed, confronted his mother (cause he ran and blocked me) and she wouldnt do anything all i asked was to tell him to apologize. but i was childish too…. the most cause i wouldnt let it go. anyway they still hate me even though i dont care as much any more, still makes me mad but its just a story to me now.

  4. nichole says:

    all kids go through a biting stage, it lasts longer or shorter depending on the child, and the day care should know this, so i really believe it was just bs because they didnt like having what they did/didnt do questioned. as soon as my childs face was put on the internet, assuming i hadnt signed anything when i enrolled my kids saying it was ok to put their pics up, i would have had a lawyer all over them for illegally posting the picture and deformation of caricature of my 2 year old. and after receiving a text messing, i would have warned them that harassment charges would be on the way if they didnt stop immediately.

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