Jenelle Evans Answer Questions After Regaining Custody Of Kids

After months of drama and headlines, Jenelle Evans and her husband, David Eason, finally regained custody of their kids. Eason shot and killed the family dog, Nugget, for allegedly nipping at his young daughter Ensley, and it prompted a slew of complaints and a CPS investigation. Evans was fired from Teen Mom 2 as a result of the animal cruelty, and once authorities stepped in, her kids were taken away.

Just this past week, Evans regained custody of her 5-year-old son Kaiser with ex-fiancé Nathan Griffith and 2-year-old daughter Ensley whom she shares with Eason. Evans’ 9-year-old son Jace, who lives permanently with his grandmother, wasn’t allowed in the home during the investigation, but that has now been lifted. Eason’s 11-year-old daughter Maryssa, of whom he has full custody, was removed from the home as well, but is now back.

After the ruling, Evans released a statement that was a little strange to some people.

“I am ecstatic to regain custody of my kids back!” she said. “Throughout this long process and final decision, I am excited to be moving forward and continuing to show America I’m a good parent.”

Many fans found it weird that she was focused on proving to America that she’s a good parent, rather than proving it to her kids, but that’s neither here nor there.

Once the ruling came down, Griffith wasn’t thrilled with the result. He was noticeably upset after Kaiser was returned to Evans, and even tweeted out a survey for complaints against the judge on the case.

“I’ve calm down a bit and just relying on my faith at this moment,” he tweeted. “I’m not going to put my two cents in but if anyone wants to put their input, you can visit: https://survey.nccourts.org/1480690875 to complete a survey. Any input will help. The judge’s name is Pauline Hankins. TY #TeamGriffith.”

Other than the statement, Evans has been fairly silent about the whole thing. However, today she did a Q&A on her Instagram page that answered some questions that fans were curious about.

“How’s everything been since having all the kids back? Does [Jace] get to live with y’all too?”

“Everything and everyone is doing great,” Evans answered. “We are super grateful and happy. Jace will live with us full time soon but not now.”

As mentioned, Jace currently lives full time with Evans’ mom. The reality star wrote about this in her book, where she claimed that her mother tricked her into giving up custody of her son.

One night my mother convinced me to go out with my friends so I could relax,” Evans wrote. “My mother. Wanted me to relax. I took the bait, however, and went out for the evening with Tori. My mother had called [Child Protective Services] and told them I was out partying all night and left my son at home. She told them I did this pretty much every night, which was a lie. I tried to tell them she told me to go out, but they wouldn’t listen. They gave my mother temporary custody in light of my actions. My mother had set me up and I had fallen hard for it.”

“Do you think you and Nathan should have split custody or keep it the same? Why/why not?”

“Keep it the way it is now,” Evans said. “There’s a lot of details behind why there is supervised visits with Nathan.”

It’s not really clear what Evans means by this, but Griffith’s mom spoke out after Evans regained custody of Kaiser, saying her son was extremely upset and made it seem like Kaiser was in danger when he’s with Evans and Eason.

“Nathan is an absolute wreck over this,” Doris Davidson said. “He called me saying, ‘Mom, I can not believe this.’ Kaiser is so loved, sheltered and protected here, I felt like I was lying to him, when I told him I was going to protect him. I couldn’t protect him. My heart is broken, its just broken…We are in shock, absolute shock, at the judge’s decision.”

“What’s one thing you wish people would know about you?”

“I’m not as confrontational as people believe,” Evans said.

This one is a little hard to believe, as once Evans literally drove after a guy a who cut her off and threatened him with a gun – all while Jace was in the car.

“How does it feel to have your kids ripped from your arms & everyone calling you a horrible mom?”

“Doesn’t bother me what-so-ever because my babies are back in my arms,” Evans wrote. “Obviously that goes to show that some of you believe anything you read online and don’t know anything close to the truth.”

I guess it’s easy to say it doesn’t bother you once they’re back, but I can’t imagine Evans wasn’t bothered when she was going to court to fight for them back.

“What are your kids’ favorite activity to do with you and your husband?”

“Jace loves to fish with David,” Evans revealed. “Kaiser loves to play hunting outside, Maryssa does scuba a lot with him, and Ensley loves to swim/watch movies with him.”

Evans is clearly trying to paint a picture of her husband that is much more kind than we know him to be. Eason has had a history of violence, and part of the reason the kids were taken away was the authorities believed he could be a danger to them due to his temper.

“Why are you acting like you and David are good parents?”

“It’s not acting, it’s facts,” Evans bluntly put.

“Why should Nathan have supervised visits if he just kept [Kaiser] all that time alone? 50/50?”

“He didn’t keep Kaiser alone, and if he did then he would be in contempt of the custody order,” Evans pointed out. “But there’s a lot of behind the scene details why it’s supervised.”

Again, it’s not clear on what these “details” are, but clearly there’s a big piece of the puzzle we’re missing, or at least according to Evans there is.

“Will y’all consider letting [Maryssa] go to public school like the other kids?”

“Yes, she is going to,” Evans said. “I do want to point out she wanted to try out homeschooling to begin with.”

Maryssa is currently being home-schooled by her father, and it’s unclear who homeschooled her when she was removed from the home.

“Do you still have an open CPS case or did they close out? Is court with them done?”

“Court is completely done with,” Evans revealed. “The CPS case is dismissed. Everything they had as evidence was basically all hearsay.”

It’s hard to believe that a case full of hearsay would go on for two months, but until we hear otherwise, we only have Evans’ word to go off.

“Will you get your turn to tell your side of things at some point?”

“Yes, I’ve been filming/documenting my experience through all of this,” Evans wrote. “I will put it [all together] and let you guys see how my life was completely turned upside down soon.”

Since Evans was fired from Teen Mom 2, there won’t be any professionally filmed or documented footage of what went down, but it seems like Evans has things all sorted out.

“Is Nathan even allowed to share the complaint link he did yesterday?”

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“IDK but he’s really immature for posting that,” Evans shared. “I’ve had many judges rule in a way that I didn’t like and never once did I posted a bad thing about the judge on social media. I find it extremely disrespectful.”

There probably isn’t a rule about posting a complaint form against a judge, but this is a situation where I agree with Evans – it was pretty immature.

“Was it a hard decision to stay with David after the dog incident?”

“Honestly, yes,” Evans admitted. “We were on bad terms for almost a week. Didn’t talk much. He knows how upset it made me. Now that we are getting over this incident our relationship has got a lot stronger. David has completed anger management as well.”

There were rumors that anger management was part of the court conditions before Evans and Eason could get their kids back, but that hasn’t been confirmed. The fact that the bad terms only lasted a week is pretty shocking. If my husband shot and killed our dog it would take a lot longer than that for me to get over it, if I ever could.

Nathan’s Girlfriend

Griffith’s current girlfriend, Ashley Lanhardt, have never gotten along, and she made that even more clear during her Q&A. In a since-deleted tweet, Evans was asked “Genuine question, have you ever invited Nathan and Ashley to your place for Kaiser’s sake?” The question comes on the heels of Griffith and Lanhardt inviting Eason and Evans to Kaiser’s 5th birthday party a few weeks back while Griffith had custody.

“Nope.. and there’s a damn good reason. As soon as Kaiser’s party was over Ashley had to go tweet some s**t about David but all nice to his face,” Jenelle tweeted, adding an emoji with rolling eyes. “Don’t trust her at all.”

Evans continued in an Instagram story, referencing a post that Lanhardt must have made on her private Facebook account.

“There was no findings of abuse or neglect despite what Ashley Lanhardt has posted to her Facebook,” Evans wrote. “I’ve known judge Hawkins for years and she is very fair with her rulings and you def don’t want to go in front of her for criminal charges.”

Lanhardt responded to Evans’ post on Twitter, saying “TY Jenelle Evans / Eason, (whatever name you are using today) for the name drop. Sorry guys I only approve people I personally know on FB. Girl, you must have some amazing stalking skills to see my private Facebook. I stand by everything I have said/posted. Who’s more credible?”

In the end, it’s up to the courts decide what’s right for the children, and they seem to think returning them to Evans and Eason was the right call. That doesn’t mean everyone will agree with it, though. It’s interesting to hear all of Evans’ answer, as it’s the most she’s spoken out about the situation in a while.

What do you think of Evans’ Q&A?

11 Gosselin Controversies We Still Can’t Believe Happened

It’s hard to really grasp just how big of a phenomenon Jon and Kate Plus 8 was. For years, the show was basically required viewing, if only to see what kind of petty fight Jon and Kate would get into that episode. But after the couple split, the show ended, and our source of drama was cut short.

Or so we thought.

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As it turns out, the Gosselin family has remained a source of drama and entertainment until now, even if they don’t mean to be. Kate ended up getting her own show, Kate Plus 8, and then another new show called Kate Plus Date, but it’s the drama that her and Jon caused off screen that really has been grabbing peoples’ attention.

Here are some of the craziest scandals from the Gosselin family.

1. Collin Gosselin Sent Away Without Jon’s Knowledge

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The biggest scandal, in my opinion, happened when Kate decided to send away one of the sextuplets, Collin, because of “behavioral” issues.

“This is a work in progress for him that we’ve sought many specialists help on,” Kate confessed on an episode of Kate Plus 8. “There are changes coming for him. I think it will result in a change of school for him for this upcoming year and beyond that, we’ll see.”

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Kate has never admitted what the diagnosis is, just saying that it’s been a struggle.

“[There’s] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are,” Kate said at the time. “But he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things. This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve felt very alone in this. By the same token, it’s not something that has only impacted me or him. Our entire family has been impacted.”

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From the sounds of it, Collin is dealing with some sort of autism, as a source said the stimulation of being on camera was too much for him to handle.

“Kate doesn’t want Collin on camera very much because all the stimulation can be difficult for him,” a source close to the Gosselins said. “Kate decided to send him to a facility because she thought it was best for him. Now it seems that Collin is flourishing, and he’s responding very well to one-on-one instruction. He definitely finds it easier to function and cope better without all the chaos that his home life entails.”

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Sending your kid away from the family is one thing, and can definitely have its merits depending on the diagnosis. But, ,he craziest part of all this is that it happened without Jon’s knowledge.

“I have an idea where he is but I don’t really know where he is,” Jon told ET. “[Kate] says that Collin is in a special school for special needs kids with behavioral problems. I mean, I ask but she doesn’t tell me. She doesn’t answer any of my texts.”

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It’s not clear what the custody arrangement between Jon and Kate was at the time, but it sounded like it might be a sole custody situation for Kate. Jon didn’t really understand why Collin had to be sent away, but did acknowledge he can see why some of his siblings might get frustrated with him.

“I could see my kids getting annoyed with that because he’s the smartest and he does this, and he does that, and he always wants it his way,” he said. “He’s very particular, which could be bothersome. But, he’s very loving too. He was a cuddly kid as a baby.”

2. Kate Goes “Broke”

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Something that really caught peoples’ attention in 2013 was when Kate said she was basically living from paycheck to paycheck.

“I’m living very carefully these days,” the mother-of-eight said, adding that “to not have a reliable income is scary.”

A source close to Gosselin confirmed that she was struggling financially, mainly because she wasn’t filming as frequently as she used to be.

“Kate no longer has the income she once had from the show,” the source said. “The money is running out fast. Private school alone costs about $150,000 a year. She’s let her nursing license lapse and she hasn’t been a nurse in so long anyway.”

It’s possible that the lack of income is what prompted Kate to start her new dating show, but it hasn’t been released how much she’s getting paid to do it.

3. Jon Has An Affair

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Many people figured Kate’s short temper and belittling of Jon is what ultimately ended their marriage – and it may have been – but it probably didn’t help that Jon had a three-month affair with a 23-year-old teacher Deanna Hummel while he and Kate were still married.

Deanna’s brother, Jason, confirmed the affair, and said he was speaking out to protect his sister.

“She’s a nice girl, not a homewrecker,” Jason said. “He is a bad liar. This isn’t healthy for her. But she is refusing to help herself, so here I am trying to help her myself. I hope this clears the air. A lot of the time, it was pretty, um, gross listening to her, you know, um, how do I say this? The walls are thin. Let’s just say that. I mean, no one wants to hear his sister having sex, let alone with a married dude who’s, like, almost twice her age and who has eight kids and a maybe-crazy wife. Ick. Nast.”

Nast indeed, Jason. Nast indeed.

4. Kate Loses Custody of Collin

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This piece of news was particularly shocking, considering how hard Kate has worked in the past to keep her kids away from Jon. Collin had started appearing on his father’s Instagram page more frequently, as Jon would visit him at his in-patient treatment. When it was coming close to the time that Collin would be released, Jon filed for sole custody of Collin. He believed it was in Collin’s best interest to live with him and not Kate.

The day before the court date, Kate asked for the hearing to be pushed to accommodate her schedule. The court denied her request, but Kate and her lawyer still decided not to show up. Because of their poor judgement call and lack of attendance, the court awarded Jon with custody of Collin.

“Jon won sole physical and sole legal custody of Collin,” a source told Us Weekly. “All other matters were moved to a future court date.”

5. Kate Accuses Jon of “Inappropriate” Relationship With Daughter

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You can put this in the file of “Gross and Terrible Things to Accuse Your Child’s Father Of.” In 2015, Kate and Jon found themselves at the center of a police investigation after Kate filed a report saying that her ex-husband was a drug dealer who was having an “inappropriate” relationship with their daughter Hannah. The complaint also stated that Jon kidnapped Hannah by picking her up from school.

“She just didn’t want to go home. She wasn’t getting out of the car, she just had a fear, and I wasn’t going to discuss it at the end [of the] driveway,” Jon said of the incident. “So, Leah went down, Aiden went down and Joel went down [to the gate of Kate’s house], and then I just texted Kate.”

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“I’m like, ‘I’m taking Hannah back,’ and of course she flipped out,” he continued. “So, I was like, ‘You know where I live, here’s my address again in case you forgot it. You know you can call me.’ I kept Hannah and she just explained she was really stressed out and all this stuff, so I kept her [at my house] and Kate called the cops and filed a police report against me.”

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Kate also called police when Jon tried to pick up Hannah from an orthodontist appointment. The two got into a verbal argument, and the police had to break it up.

The Wyomissing Police Department issue this statement on the interaction:

The call came in at 1:10 this afternoon for a verbal domestic argument … over the custody of one of their 13-year-old daughters. No one was arrested and the daughter did go home with the father after she expressed that was her desire to do.

There was a fairly lengthy argument as far as both parents had conflicting versions of a child custody agreement. Basically, both stated something different and we referred the matter over to our county district attorney. The district attorney then reviewed it and … the district attorney’s words were that the order was sufficiently vague to interpret who was supposed to actually have custody today.

Both parents read their version of the order and thought they should have had custody of the child today. So, we referred them back to the court system to try and get clarification from the court system on who’s supposed to have the child on certain days.

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I can’t imagine stooping so low as to claim your child’s father is a drug dealer and having an inappropriate relationship with her, all because she wanted to go home with him instead of her.

6. Jon Goes On A Tirade About Kate

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Jon clearly doesn’t agree with how Kate chooses to live her life, and he made sure everyone knew it in an interview with Philadelphia magazine.

“She tweets everything,” he complained. “To the world, all about my children. I think it’s disgusting and awful. They can’t even have a normal life.”

He also spoke to rumors that he’s “out to get” his ex-wife, and went on a tirade about her that really left jaws on the floor.

“Everyone thinks I’m out to get Kate. I don’t give a f**k!” he said. “What would I get out of it? Everyone knows she’s an asshole, you know what I mean? I don’t have to—she’s proven that! Kate wants to still be on television. She’s now digging into the past, because that’s what sells. Too late, honey. No one gives a f**k, really.”

Tell us how you really feel, Jon.

7. Hannah Chooses To Leave Kate

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As noted when she wanted to stay with her dad and his girlfriend, Colleen, instead of Kate, Hannah has always been partial to Jon. Maybe it’s because he’s not broadcasting their lives on TV, who knows? But Hannah became noticeably absent in her mother’s Instagram posts about the other sextuplets, and began popping up on her dad’s page more frequently.

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Finally, Jon posted a message that pretty much solidified that Hannah had chosen to live with him full time.

“Congrats Hannah on your first day of school, proud of you,” Jon wrote. “I admire your bravery starting fresh!!! I Love you very much and we have worked really hard to get here. Dedication has really paid off. I’m so happy you integrated yourself into the community, you made friends all summer and now you will grow and graduate with them. I’m honored to be your father!!! Love you, Dad #newbeginnings

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Hannah has since been in more and more pictures with her dad and Collin, and seems to be happy with her decision to move in with Jon.

8. Kate Sued For Not Paying Marriage Counseling Bill

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In 2011, two years after Jon and Kate announced their divorce, a marriage counseling company came after Kate for an unpaid bill of $10,476. Dr. Sylvia Lafair, the head of the organization suing Kate, said she tried reaching out to the reality star but wasn’t getting a response. This was her next best option.

“There are commitments that people make…and they should be followed through,” she said of Kate’s refusal to pay.

In court, Kate said she never had a contract with the company so she shouldn’t have to pay, but a judge saw it differently. He ordered her to pay the bill in its full amount.

Yikes.

9. Kate Gets Fired From A Coupon Job

After Jon and Kate split, the single mother was looking for ways to make some extra money. She got a job with a site called CouponCabin.com and was blogging about ways to save money. However, the job didn’t even last a year before Kate was publicly fired via an open letter from the company.

A series of recent events have made it clear to me that Kate Gosselin and her contributions do not align with the authenticity which we set out to build almost a decade ago, and that Ms. Gosselin is simply not a good fit with the wonderful team and culture at CouponCabin.

It’s with this that I am writing to inform you of our decision to discontinue Ms. Gosselin’s feature blog on CouponCabin.com. Ms. Gosselin’s contributions garnered both positive attention and criticism, but as always, I respect and appreciate your candid opinions, which often encourage us not to lose sight of our mission — to help YOU save money.

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These “recent events” were never exposed, but I’m extremely curious to find out what you need to do in order to get fired from coupon blogging.

10. Collin and Alexis Are Expelled

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Before Collin was sent away from behavioral problems, he and his sextuplet sister were causing problems at their school. In 2010, it was reported that Collin and Alexis were both expelled from their school after causing numerous disturbances by abusing students and adults alike.

“Both Jon and Kate were sent a letter from the head of school explaining that despite their best efforts, staff had reached a point at which they had to request the children enroll in another program,” a source close to the school said. “Both Alexis and Collin received three full weeks of intensive special treatment to focus their behavior. While the teacher was able to achieve some success, it became apparent to the school that the pair needed intensive assistance to help them with their social, emotional and academic needs.”

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Kate, however, saw the situation differently. She adamantly denied that two of her kids were expelled from the school, saying that word was never used.

“The school would never use that word,” she said. “[Collin and Alexis] were not expelled. [The school] did not feel like they could meet their needs anymore, so it was decided they should leave, for now.”

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Call a rose by any other name…

11. Jon Doesn’t Pay Child Support

With eight kids between them, it would be fair to assume that some type of child support is paid by either Jon or Kate. However, Jon admitted in 2013 that he doesn’t pay child support since the kids spend time at both his and Kate’s houses.

“[Kate and I] both support [the children] financially because she takes care of school and all that stuff but I take care of the exact same things she takes care of,” he explained. “I buy their own groceries, they have their own groceries at my house, their own bedrooms, their own stuff, it’s doubled.”

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However, in 2018, it seems this little agreement between the couple was no longer valid, as Kate sued Jon for $132,875 in child support. Kate claimed that Jon breached an “agreement” they had, but Jon’s lawyer pointed out that Kate did “not provide any proof of the language of that agreement,” and said she was asking for an “inappropriate” amount of money.

The outcome of this lawsuit either hasn’t been made public, or hasn’t been settled, but it’s probably safe to say Kate isn’t going to see that money. Kate’s net worth is listed at $200,000, while Jon’s is listed at $10,000.

It’s been 10 years since Jon and Kate announced they were separating, but they never stopped landing in the spotlight.

What’s the craziest Jon and Kate moment you remember?

Gym Facing Serious Backlash After “Horrifying” Promotional Email

Sometimes I wonder how certain companies get things passed through their marketing department. At what point does someone step in and say “no, this is a bad idea.” I’m sure a lot of people are wondering the same thing after a local Anytime Fitness sent out an email that one gym-goer said she was “horrified” to receive.

Mora Reinka posted the email she received from the gym on Twitter, saying “I…am horrified by this promotional email from @AnytimeFitness. I just don’t even know where to begin.”

This is what the email said.

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I need you to do me a favor.

Think about the warm days of summer ahead.

Warm summer night breezes. Lake or beach time.

Seeing family (the ones you like). Spending more time with the kiddos (also the ones you like).

Listening to music.

Shorts, bathing suits, flip flops. The smell of suntan lotion.

And LOTS of pictures of you that will be posted online forever.

LOTS of suck in, side turns, skinny arm posts, and god forbid, a side pic while sitting down.

Do me a second favor.

Take you hand, and grab the excess you have on your waist (front/back/sides).

Can you pinch it? Or can you rab it?

Well, I want to call it what it is…FAT.

Apparently nowadays I gotta be politically correct. Maybe I should say “adipose tissue.”

The email was a bit of a shock. For a gym to call out people for being fat isn’t a great look. How would someone feel if they were overweight and walking into the gym, knowing that right away people are judging them?

The post went viral on Twitter, and it even caught the attention of the Anytime Fitness National Media Director and CEO.

This was the response from Mark Daly, the National Media Director.

Hello Mora –

A Tweet from you regarding a promotional message you may have received from an Anytime Fitness gym has been brought to my attention. The message is very concerning and completely contrary to how we coach the franchisee owners of Anytime Fitness gyms to communicate with others.

We take great pride in being supportive and encouraging – never shaming. Can you help me identify who sent you that message? Was it sent via email? Do you know the location of the gym? Any help that you can provide would be appreciated – so that we can take immediate action.

Daly also wrote to Reinka on Twitter after speaking with the franchisee.

“Mora – I just spoke with the franchisee owner of the gym and expressed our disappointment,” he said. “He apologized from his ill-advised attempt at humor and promised not to send similar messages to others. We will be re-training him to be supportive and encouraging. On behalf of everyone at Anytime Fitness, please accept our apologies.”

Chuck Runyon, CEO, also commented on Twitter.

“[You’re] right […] & please accept our apology @MoraReinka this was a bad decision by a franchise owner and does not represent the values of Anytime Fitness,” he wrote.

The official Twitter account also addressed the Tweet publicly.

“This is not a message we support or encourage,” they said. “In fact, this language is the exact opposite of how we coach our franchisees to communicate. We pride ourselves on being supportive and encouraging – never shaming. We are actively addressing this matter & we are deeply sorry.”

It’s crazy to me that in 2019, someone would still think this was an okay letter to send out. Even if you think it’s a joke, you should know the political climate is to sensitive to be mocking a person’s weight.

Do you think this email went too far?

Boy Who Paid The Lunch Tab For Fellow Students Sparks National Debate

When you do something nice for someone, how often do you expect it to become the topic of conversation across the country? Basically never, right? Well, for nine-year-old Ryan Kyote, his good deed at school has sparked a national debate over the school lunch system in America.

Kyote, a third-grader at West Park Elementary School in California, made headlines when he saved up six months of his allowance to pay off the lunch debt accrued by his fellow classmates. He would often use his lunch card to buy students meals who couldn’t otherwise afford it, but this time he wanted to take it further. Kyote had heard of a five-year-old boy in Indiana who was denied lunch, and he knew he wanted to do something.

“He was like, ‘I don’t understand why that happened. Why would that happen to a 5-year-old?’” his mother, Kylie Kirkpatrick told PEOPLE. “It really touched him in a way and he wanted to do something so that wouldn’t happen to his friends. We talked about what we could do to make a difference locally.”

Luckily, Kyote found out that his school policy wouldn’t deny kids food if they couldn’t pay, but they would incur a ‘lunch debt’ which would have to be paid at the end of the year. Kirkpatrick said this debt is a burden on many families. Kyote marched into the school with his mom, and used his saved up $74.80 to pay off the debt of his friends.

“Then we went to his school, walked into his school’s front office. Ryan handed the receipt to the secretary and said, ‘Can you let my friends know that they don’t owe any more money?’ ” Kirkpatrick said. “Then he skipped off to class. This has been really empowering for him … he knows now what kind of power he has and what he’s capable of doing and we can use it for good. It doesn’t matter how old you are, look at what you can do.”

Originally, Kyote asked to pay for the debt anonymously.

“I want them to realize people actually think about them because you’re not just bragging about stuff,” he said. “I want them to feel happy someone cares about them.”

While the story is one that initially makes you feel good, it also reminds you that there are kids starving at school during the day because their parents can’t afford to pay the bill at school. Many people pointed out that it shouldn’t be up to a third grader to cover the costs of feeding his friends. Kirkpatrick agrees.

“I appreciate the passion and I appreciate the outrage,” she said. “Part of me is heartbroken that [lunch debt] is even a thing. It shouldn’t be a problem. But I was also empowered that a 9-year-old boy from Napa, California, has created such a media storm targeting children internationally that are left at school all day hungry. It’s just incredible.”

The story has gone completely viral, with people calling for a reform to the schooling system.

“School lunch debt’ should not exist in the wealthiest country in the history of the world,” Bernie Sanders wrote in a tweet.

Journalist Mark Ames added: “This country is deranged — children who don’t want to starve become debtors before they’re 10. Up to 30 million USA children rely on these school lunch programs just to eat.”

“All these stories about kids using their saved allowances and bake sale profits etc to pay off their entire class school lunch debt in a country where we have billionaires is depressing as hell,” Twitter user @GodisRivera wrote.

“You misspelled…’there should be no such thing as school lunch debt in the richest country on earth,'” another person wrote.

“Children shouldn’t be saddled with debt in the first place, shame on the school system,” someone else pointed out.

“Like, it’s sweet and all, don’t get me wrong, but the responsibility and compassion shouldn’t fall down on his shoulders,” someone else commented. “It’s like they’re ignoring the heart of the issue by letting this kind-hearted kid take it all on.”

Kirkpatrick acknowledged that her son shouldn’t have to take on the weight of someone else’s debt, but she’s happy her son knows the importance of standing up for those who may not be able to stand up for themselves.

“I agree that he shouldn’t have to, but I think that he is a member of our community so he ought to,” she said. “I teach my kids that when you see something that needs to be improved on and somebody voice isn’t being heard, then you get loud for them.”

What Kyote did is absolutely amazing, but he shouldn’t have to give up his own money when this country is so prosperous.

[H/T: People]

What do you think the solution to this problem is?

British Talk Show Canceled After Guest Commits Suicide

We all love watching shows like Maury and The Jerry Springer Show, mainly because of how dramatic they can be. People who have complicated lives turn to these shows to get answers when they have exhausted all other options. In the UK, the show people go to is The Jeremy Kyle Show, which has been known to be extremely controversial in the past. However, the show has now been canceled after a guest committed suicide following an unfavorable lie detector test.

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Steve Dymond, 63, took his own life after he failed a lie detector test on the show, proving he had cheated on his fiancee. Dymond’s son, Carl Woolley, said his father was extremely distraught over the result on the show. Wooley and Dymond hadn’t spoken for seven years, but the son was contacted after the taping of the show by a concerned family member, as his father was “highly emotional.”

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“I called after he got home from filming the episode,” Wooley said. “He was distraught over the break-up of the relationship. He had gone on the show solely to clear his name [about allegedly cheating on Ms Callaghan] but he said it had gone wrong because of the lie detector test. Steve told me ‘Kyle really laid into me’. Presumably that was at the point when they announced the lie detector result.”

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Dymond’s body was found on May 9th, and police say the death is not being treated as suspicious. Immediately after the news broke, calls were made to cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show. The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said Dymond’s death was “a deeply concerning case.”

“Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility for the mental health and wellbeing of participants and viewers of their programmes,” the spokesman said. “We are clear they must have appropriate levels of support in place.”

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The controversy was large enough that ITV, the network which airs the show, announced it has been canceled.

“Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show,” ITV’s CEO Carolyn McCall said in a statement. “The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end. Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond.”

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee addressed the cancelation, but noted that more needs to be done about these shows that exploit families.

ITV has made the right decision to permanently cancel the Jeremy Kyle Show. However, that should not be the end of the matter. There needs to be an independent review of the duty of care TV companies have to participants in reality TV shows and the DCMS select committee has decided to hold an inquiry this summer into these issues.

Programmes like ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show’ risk putting people who might be vulnerable on to a public stage at a point in their lives when they are unable to foresee the consequences, either for themselves or their families.

This kind of TV featuring members of the public attracts viewing figures in the millions but in return for ratings, the broadcasters must demonstrate their duty of care to the people whose personal lives are being exposed. With an increasing demand for this type of programming, we’ll be examining broadcasting regulation in this area – is it fit for purpose?

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ITV also made it clear that there is a process when it comes to selecting people who are on their shows.

“The guests are interviewed by guest welfare face-to-face at studios and prior to filming,” a spokeswoman for the network said. “Throughout filming, the participants are supported by the guest welfare team. After filming has ended, all guests are seen by a member of the guest welfare team.”

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It’s an interesting topic of conversation: even though these people agree to be on a TV show that could potentially expose their secrets, should the shows be there to begin with?

What do you think?

11-Year-Old Girl Suspended After Reporting Teacher For Bullying

You’d like to think that ultimately, good conquers evil. Sometimes you have to do something that’s not right in order to prove that something else wrong is happening, and you want to believe that your bad thing would then get overlooked. Unfortunately, that’s not always the way the world works, and sometimes you learn the hard way that the world isn’t fair.

Take, for example, Brianna Cooper, an 11-year-old girl from Florida who was suspended for five days after she recorded her teacher saying nasty things about another student in the class. Cooper had been witnessing the bullying for a while, but she knew that if she didn’t have proof, no one would believe her.

“You think that they would actually believe a student over a teacher,” Brianna said, explaining her rationale behind recording the situation.

She decided to use her cellphone to record what her teacher was saying and prove that she was being a bully. Brianna took the recording to another teacher, and not long after she was called to the principal’s office to let her know what she did was illegal. As it turns out, in Florida you cannot record a teacher without their consent.

Florida law states:

Florida makes it a crime to intercept or record a “wire, oral, or electronic communication” in Florida, unless all parties to the communication consent.

Florida law makes an exception for in-person communications when the parties do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the conversation, such as when they are engaged in conversation in a public place where they might reasonably be overheard.

“I thought I did the right thing,” Brianna said. “I never had anybody tell me I couldn’t record.”

The comments made by the teacher towards another student were appalling.

“Biggest kid in 5th grade and you’re acting like the smallest one” the teacher can be heard saying. “I wonder what your mom looks like. Don’t let the size fool you. I will drop you. You don’t know me. That’s all I’m telling you. So don’t give me no look.”

Brianna’s mom, Cassie Faulkner, was upset when she heard about not only the comments, but also her daughter’s suspension from school.

“You don’t speak to children, let alone your students like that,” Cassie said. “She thought she was doing a good thing. She’s 11 years old. She doesn’t know the law. You’re pretty much saying to students, ‘If you think anything is wrong, don’t try and do anything about it.'”

The school didn’t comment on the suspension of Brianna, but they did acknowledge the comments made by their teacher.

“The staff at Sam Gaines Academy investigated the incident involving unprofessional behavior by the teacher and took swift, appropriate action,” the school said. “The teacher was dismissed and no longer works for the school system.”

To me, this is a case of school’s protecting their teachers ahead of their students, which shouldn’t be the case. Despite the school firing that teacher, they still suspended a student for a full week just for reporting an unsafe environment. I understand there are laws, but should they not be ignored when the safety of children is involved?

[H/T: WPTV]

What do you think of this situation?

Cafeteria Worker Fired After Feeding Student With No Money

Stories like this always aggravate me, because they remind me that the school system is more concerned about money than the well-being of their students. Bonnie Kimball, who operated the cash register at Mascoma Valley Regional High School, was fired from her position at the school after she let a student take his lunch without paying because he didn’t have any money left in his lunch account.

Kimball loved her job at the school, where she got to talk to the school’s 326 students about life, their problems, and the general happenings of their day.  

“We didn’t even call it work,” Kimball said of working at the school. “We got up in the morning, we took care of our families and we went to take care of the kids.”

On March 28th, a student came in to the line with a tray of food, but Kimball noticed he didn’t have any money left in his account. Instead of having the student go hungry for the day, Kimball let him take the food with a promise to bring the money. Unfortunately, there happened to be a district manager for Cafe Services, the company who runs the school’s cafeteria.

“When I rang him up, the student didn’t have any money on their account,” Kimball said. “So, I have a district manager here, my boss has told me ‘Don’t cause any scenes with the contract’ and I quietly said ‘tell (your) mom you need money.’”

The next day, Kimball was called in to the manager’s office and was fired. The reasoning? They claimed that she had “stolen” the food from the company. She was escorted out of the building.

“It was my life for five years. I went and I took care of another family,” she said. “You don’t just lose a family member, be OK and move on.”

Two fellow co-workers were so upset with Kimball’s termination, they quit their jobs on the spot. Parents of some students have also voice displeasure with the way the school and cafe company handled the situation.

“These guys really took care of our kids. They put our kids first and their focus was really our kids,” said Christina Moodie, whose son attends the high school. I know Bonnie went above and beyond for the kids.”

Cafe Services hasn’t responded to requests for comment on the situation, but in their termination letter to Kimball, they made their point very clear.

“On March 28, a District manager was on-site and witnessed a student coming through the line with multiple food items that you did not charge him for,” said the letter, which Kimball shared with the Valley News. “This is a strict violation of our Cash Handling Procedures, the Schools Charge Policy and Federal Regulation governing free meals.”

Kimball is now out of work, and she’s concerned that this mark on her record could ultimately affect her job search in the future.

“I’m just dealing with so much right now: the public, paperwork. One minute I’m mad and the next minute, I just want to forget it all happened,” she said. “I guess I’m mourning my job.”

She says, however, that it’s not the school district’s fault, and that the officials from the board have been supportive and encouraging during this situation. Cookie Hebert, chairman of Mascoma Valley Regional School Board, wouldn’t comment directly on Kimball’s situation, but she did say that Kimball was just following the rules set out by the district.

“The policy is that the student be fed,” Hebert said. “There’s no refusal.”

After the story went viral, the company offered Kimball her job back, saying they would pay her for the work she missed.  

“We had a recent situation where an employee violated school and company policy in dealing with our food service and our district manager made a decision he felt was right at the time,” said Brian Stone, president of the company’s school division.

Amanda Isabelle, the district superintendent, also said the school would hire Kimball back.

“The events of these past few weeks and the feedback I have received from parents has given me considerable pause,” Isabelle said in the statement. “As a school district, we understand the importance of rules and procedures, but upon reflection, I have become sufficiently convinced that it is wrong of us to assume that all the responsibility falls to the vendor, and I do not believe our communities would accept that explanation of this situation. We must be accountable for the people who work in our schools.”

Despite the offer, the former lunch lady won’t be returning.

“They’re not doing it for me, they are doing it to save face,” Kimball noted.

Personally, I think it’s ridiculous for a company to fire Kimball because she was allowing a student to eat, especially because the parent did pay the $8 for the food. Sometimes, politics need to be put aside and the well-being of our kids needs to be the focus.

What do you think of this situation?

Man Charged $6,200 For One-Night Hotel Room Stay Thanks To “Small Print”

Last month, I used one of those popular online travel services to book a hotel for a weekend getaway. I was a little skeptical about booking online, but I was lucky that everything worked out – and I got a good deal! Unfortunately for Justin Smerchanski, things didn’t go as planned…and it cost him $6,200.

Smerchanski was traveling for work from Manitoba, Canada to Willmar, Minnesota, and used the booking site Expedia.ca to book his hotel room. He was in a bit of a rush, and booked a room at the Holiday Inn & Suites, which was listed at $207 for the night. It was a next-night reservation, so the price was a little higher, which Smerchanski anticipated. What he didn’t anticipate was the literal thousands of dollars in fees and taxes that were about to come his way.

Smerchanski printed his receipt, then saw there were $3,143.93 in “taxes and fees” and an additional $2,828.66 in “property fees.” His credit card was billed for $6,180.54.

“Obviously I thought it was a mistake, and right away I called Expedia,” Smerchanski said. “I ended up talking with them, trying to make my way up to someone who could tell me exactly what was wrong. I was kind of assured right away that this was obviously a mistake and they were going to have it cleared up.”

That didn’t happen, though. Instead, the Canadian man was tossed from department to department and given the runaround for days by the travel site.

“It just didn’t seem like they thought anything was wrong,” he said. “I go like, ‘Hey hold on a second here. Don’t you think something is off? This is a $6,200-a-night room in Willmar, Minn. This is out of this world.”

Smerchanski was getting frustrated. After talking to at least 12 different people, he’s starting to wonder if the issue will ever be solved.

“No one can give me a clear answer,” he said. “I basically just kept getting the same runaround, that they weren’t able to authorize a credit for that amount [for a refund]. I kept saying, ‘Why am I talking to them? Get me up to someone that can.’ It’s just one hold after another and one manager after another who can’t help you with anything. I’m starting to get the indication that they aren’t going to be clearing it up.”

Instead of trying to deal with Expedia, Smerchanski shifted his efforts to the credit card company. They’ve been trying to get in touch with the travel company on his behalf in order to get answers and a refund.

“I was told from the credit card company that they’ve never ever seen anything like this,” Smerchanski said.

Though they were silent about the controversy at first, Expedia did release a statement on Smerchanski’s case. They provided a full refund for his charge, as well as a $200 voucher.

“Our team has reviewed this case, and we have gone ahead and processed a refund for this customer in full. We are very sorry this issue occurred, and deeply regret this experience,” Expedia spokesperson Mary Zajac wrote in an email to CBC News. “In this particular instance, we do feel we could have resolved this issue in a quicker manner.”

Holiday Inn had some advice for customers who are looking to book hotel stays in the future.

“We encourage guests to book directly through our channels for greater control over their reservations,” wrote a spokesperson from InterContinental Hotels Group, which owns the Holiday Inn brand.

Smerchanski also has some advice for future travellers.

“It’s just insane,” he said. “Just to basically be given the runaround multiple times, without knowing for sure the answer, is very frustrating. Don’t be in a rush and make sure you read all the small print.”

In the end, Smerchanski didn’t even stay at the hotel room he booked because he was so upset about the charges. He made alternate accommodations.

“It was a Best Western. It was $155.”

[H/T: CBC News]

Have you ever had a bad experience with travel sites?

Jenelle Evans Considering Divorce After Husband Shoots And Kills Her Dog

Jenelle Evans Considering Divorce After Husband Shoots And Kills Her Dog

Jenelle Evans is in the headlines again, but this time, you can’t help but feel sorry for her. Usually Evans and her husband, David Eason, are in the news because of crazy antics or petty fights, but after this latest incident, it’s clear that something is seriously wrong with Eason, and Evans might actually be calling it for good.

Earlier this week, Eason shot and killed Evans’ French bulldog, Nugget, after the dog had nipped at their daughter Ensley’s face. Eason promptly took the dog out to the yard, repeatedly slammed him against the deck, then took the dog to the yard and shot it. Eason then posted picture of Ensley on his Instagram, defending his actions.

I dont give a damn what animal bites my baby on the face… whether it be your dog or mine, a dog is a dog and I dont put up with that shit at all.

I’m all about protecting my family, it is my lifes mission. Some people are worth killing or dying for and my family means that much to me. You can hate me all you want but this isnt the first time the dog bit Ensley aggressively. The only person that can judge weather or not a animal is a danger to MY CHILD is ME.

Evans was not on the same page as her husband, saying:

Nugget… I’m crying everyday. I love you so much and I’m so sorry. I’m speechless,” she captioned a photo with the pet.

You were my side kick and knew the moment I felt bad and would cuddle with me.

You still had a lot to learn and a lot to grow from your lessons. Everyday I wake up you’re not here, when I come home you’re not here, when I go to bed… you’re not here.

You’re gone forever and there’s no coming back. #Heartbroken #Distraught.

Evans also wrote about the incident on Twitter immediately after it happened.

“Everyone just please leave me be right now, I don’t need anymore f*****g drama!” she said. “I didn’t “run away from home”. Haven’t been home all day and been busy taking care of my kids and myself. Had no idea any visitors came by my house… still don’t know what happened at my house. Please stop making up rumors. I haven’t spoken to any media and still not. Bye. Until I speak about a situation don’t assume a damn thing about me.”

Evans did eventually talk to the media, making a statement to Us Weekly.

“David killed my dog Nugget because he snapped at my 2-year-old, Ensley,” she told them. “He doesn’t put up with that and those are his beliefs. He just took her and shot her in the woods … about two acres away from the house.”

She continued on to say that she is “shocked and upset” over what went down, and that Ensley and Kaiser, her son who she shares with Nathan Griffith, “were inside and just got done playing” when Eason killed the dog. Eason’s daughter, Maryssa, who he shares with his ex-wife, “immediately went to her bedroom and didn’t come out all night until the next day.” Evans’ other son, Jace, was on a cruise with his grandmother at the time.

“David and I are not on talking terms,” she continued.I’m too hurt and upset at the fact he did that. It’s taking time to get over this whole situation, and it’s making me feel he’s very cruel and doesn’t have a heart on many ends. [I] would like for everyone to just give me my own time right now to figure things out and clear my head.”

“At this time, we are dealing with this rough situation. I want to focus on what’s best for me and my kids,” Evans said. “(Divorce is) in thoughts, but nothing is finalized.”

Evans and Eason may also be facing animal cruelty charges, as now the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is getting involved. They told TMZ they have “initiated a joint investigation into allegations of animal cruelty [with the Columbus County Animal Control]. The investigation is ongoing.”

According to TMZ, aw enforcement received 138 complaints after news of the shooting broke, and they were sent to animal control. Animal control visited Eason and Evans’ home and were able to get through an open gate, but were met with “no trespassing” signs and a grey pit bull on the porch. They felt it was unsafe to complete the visit. The Sheriff’s department was sent instead.

Despite these reports, Evans is denying that anyone showed up at her house.

“TMZ ARE LIARS!!!” she wrote on Instagram. “I HAVE THE RING APP AND CAN SHUT THEM DOWN QUICK. NO ONE CAME BY MY HOUSE YESTERDAY AT ALL. IF ANYTHING I SPOKE TO THE CHIEF SO ASK HIM WHAT I SAID. They are also saying that my dog dying is a publicity stunt…are you f*****g kidding me?”

“I AM NOT AFRAID TO DEATH OF ANYONE OR ANYTHING RIGHT NOW…” she continued. “I’M HEARTBROKEN. STOP WRITING LIES ABOUT ME. YES MARRIAGE IS UP IN THE AIR AT THIS POINT. I HAVE ONLY BEEN AWAY FROM HOME BECAUSE I’M STILL HURT AND UPSET. PLEASE PLEASE STOP.”

Eason was at a North Carolina courtroom today to pay $5,187 he owed in back child support for his son, and while he was there he was confronted by a photographer from WSFX. The photographer tried asking Eason about the dog, to which he responded “Don’t get in my face, bro. I promise you don’t want to do that.”

Since everything has blown up, Eason has deleted the initial video of Nugget nipping Ensley. Evans posted a picture of her and Ensley on Instagram, and has also been sharing multiple articles about her comments to Us Weekly about getting a divorce.

I know it’s easy to harp on the young woman for mistakes she’s made in the past, but I think this time she has really been a victim. I hope she sees how cruel Eason is and finally works up the courage to leave him.

What do you think about this situation?

Woman Told To “Cover Up” At Pool After One-Piece Deemed “Inappropriate”

A woman in Tennessee was left embarrassed after she was told to leave her apartment building’s pool due to her “inappropriate” swimsuit…which was a one-piece. Tori Jenkins was at the pool in a pink swimsuit when she was approached by two leasing consultants who told her what she was wearing wasn’t appropriate.

Tyler Newman, Jenkins’ then-fiancee, wrote about the ordeal on Facebook.

“Today, my fiancé was faced with either changing her bathing suit, covering up with shorts or leaving the pool that we paid a $300 fee to maintain,” he wrote. “Tori was accused of wearing a ‘thong bathing suit’ and told there were complaints about the way she was dressed. She was told by the leasing consultant that her body, because it’s built more curvy than others, is ‘too inappropriate’ for children to be around.”

Tori spoke with Buzzfeed News as well, saying one of the consultants told her that she “wasn’t right” to be in public like that.

“She tried to convince me a few times to let her take pictures of my butt to show how ‘inappropriate’ it was,” Tori said. “[She] told me that if I didn’t have kids I wouldn’t understand how it wasn’t right to be out in public in that, and that she wouldn’t want her own kids around me.”

According to Tori, the consultant also told Tori that her outfit would “excite” too many teenage boys who live in the complex, which Tori said was “really violating and degrading.”

“I was point-blank told that my comfortability at a pool that I paid to use was less important than a teenage boy being able to control himself,” she told BuzzFeed News. “It perpetuates the idea that how a man feels around a woman is more important than how a woman feels around herself.”

Thinking she would be met with support after sharing her story, Tori was wrong. Unfortunately, she received many negative comments about the way she looked, the suit she was wearing, and her choice to show up to the pool in that suit. She took the chance to clarify a lot of the things she was hearing about herself in a Facebook post.

I’d just like to say on my own behalf that I’m really amazed by all of the overwhelming support I’ve received. Thank you all, you really don’t know how much it means to me. It hasn’t even been that long since it happened but I can tell you that I’ve felt really shitty about myself since.

Being distracted by friends and work and your wonderful comments have made this process a whole lot easier. But I just can’t help but read all of the negative stuff as well and there’s a few things I’d like to clear up as well

1. I’m a size medium. The swimsuit is a size medium. I tried on the large in the store and felt little confidence that my boobs wouldn’t show after being hit with one good splash.

2. The pool rules state only that “Duly appropriate attire must be worn at all times, no cut offs”

3. The suit may look small but that’s also after I binge cried and ate pizza. When you feel that shitty about yourself do you really think the first pose that comes to mind is happy? That I wanna have good posture and look skinny? I didn’t care. And frankly I still don’t care if I looked “too big” for the suit. Look at the body language: my shoulders are down, arms crossed, and so on. There’s only a “pinch an inch” situation on one side, because I’m slouching.

4. There WAS a front facing picture. I took it down after reading so many hateful comments about my stomach and so many intensely explicit sexual comments. That is the whole issue. I will not be reposting it because that isn’t the area of my body in question. I left the back view up even after the same comments are made on that picture.

5. The ENTIRE POINT of this post is that no man or woman has the right to make me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. No right to police me or any other human.

I hope this clears things up for some of you. I may add to this post as time goes on but for now I’m tired, and frankly a bit beaten down. Those of you who know me know I don’t react to things much but this situation has really gotten to me.

Again, thank you so much to my fiancé, family, friends, and all of the people who were kind enough to share supportive words with me. I’m sorry if I don’t reply to everyone but I’m trying to stay off of my phone more.

The story went incredibly viral, prompting the apartment complex to release their own statement on the issue.

Smoky Crossing is a welcoming family community. Multiple residents within our community complained and expressed concerns regarding Ms. Jenkins’ swimwear.

In accordance with our pool policies, which are posted near the swimming area, one of our leasing consultants requested Ms. Jenkins wrap a towel around herself when she was walking around the pool.

Ms. Jenkins was never asked to leave the pool. In addition, our leasing agent did not state that Ms. Jenkins swimwear would ‘excite teenage boys.’  Ms. Jenkins and Mr. Newman are valued members of our community.

However, we feel it is inappropriate to equate requesting Ms. Jenkins to cover up with sexual harassment or ‘rape culture.’ Smoky Crossing denounces harassment in all forms.

Both Tori and Tyler denied the complex’s comment that no one mentioned teenage boys when speaking to Tori.

After Tori wrote her post clarifying the situation, she received an outpouring of support.

“Those people are wrong for doing that to you tori,” Jesse Riddle wrote.

“Nothing wrong with your suit,” Jen Bois said. “Most bathing suits don’t fit everyone perfectly. Even though I wear a small I still end up showing the same amount you do because bathing suits are made that way. Everybody’s suit rides up.”

“You are so beautiful there nothing wrong with your outfit you going to the pool not the store keep your chin up people going to talk they don’t have anything to do,” Ruth Anne Perry encouraged.

At the time, Tori and Tyler said they were “exploring other options” for living arrangements, as they didn’t feel comfortable living in a complex which held those values.

What do you think of this whole situation?

Vanessa Hudgens Slammed After Controversial Instagram Post

Since her debut in High School Musical, Vanessa Hudgens has had a huge fan following. The actress and singer loves to document her life on social media, including her fitness regime. In an interview with People, Hudgens admitted she dabbles in intermittent fasting.

“I’ve been intermittent fasting a lot, because for me, I love pasta, I love pizza, and when I’m not eating carbs I feel like a little piece of me dies,” she told People. “Intermittent fasting is great, because when I am fasting—those first two weeks are definitely rough, I’m not going to lie, but after that I feel more grounded and powerful in my workouts. I get the nutrients that I need when I eat, but then I also eat what I want.”

When she’s not intermittent fasting, though, she revealed that she follows the sometimes controversial keto diet, which involves eating a lot of healthy fats and very few carbs.

“If you have the right ingredients to keep you on track, I think it’s amazing,” she said. “I’m always making sure I’m getting those healthy fats in, so I eat a LOT of almond butter. You feel really energetic and supported on the keto diet.”

Hudgens did admit, though, that the keto diet isn’t really for everyone.

“I feel like it’s a recipe that works for me,” she said. “Everyone’s different of course, but for me, that’s what’s been the most beneficial so far.”

Recently, Hudgens posted an ad for the new Slim Fast Keto Fat Bombs, which are a low carb, high fat snack.

“#ad Finally the perfect Keto snack!!” Vanessa wrote. “@SlimFast #SlimFastKeto Peanut Butter Cup Fat Bombs are creamy peanut butter and chocolatey goodness… without all the sugar and carbs. And I loooovvvve that I can take it with me on-the-go!”

Celebrities have been known to promote weight loss products on their social media pages, but for some reason, Hudgens’ fans were totally against her promoting something to do with the keto diet.

“Please stop advertising unhealthy methods to lose weigh,” one fan wrote.

“Another one bites the dust- please don’t promote diet culture!” someone else said. “Women don’t have to lose weight to have worth, no matter how much a corporation pays you to act otherwise.

“You talk so much about being fit and working out and then you promote unhealthy and not effective methods to lose weight 😔 this ain’t it,” one fan said.

“You have many young, impressionable followers that will follow your advice,” another fan cautioned. “Be responsible!Young girls WILL try this diet if you promote it, what amount of money could possibly make that worth it for you?”

It’s worth noting that Hudgens never encouraged people in her post to go on the keto diet. All she said was that she found a snack that works for her, and while yes, she’s getting paid to post it, it’s not like she told people they need to diet. This is what works for her. If it doesn’t work for you, then don’t do it.

I think all the backlash she’s getting for this one Instagram post is ridiculous, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

What do you think about the reaction to Hudgens’ post?