As a parent, you become increasingly aware of things that are inappropriate for your children. Unfortunately, every once in a while, something slips under the radar until it’s already made its way into our homes. For one mother, a “familiar” symbol that was printed on a toy has caused an uproar – and for good reason. However, it wasn’t until the meaning of the symbol was realized that she and every parent were left sick to their stomach.
Nicole O’Kelly, of Greece, New York, decided to take her son and daughter to the Monster Jam show in Syracuse, New York for a little bit of family fun. While they were at the event, her son decided that he wanted to buy his 2-year-old sister a pink, plush monster truck.
“I actually thought it was cute because it was pink,” says Nicole, according to WHEC. “I was like ‘Oh, they actually have a pink toy for a girl, that’s really cool.'”
However, when they returned home, Nicole’s older daughter noticed that the toy had a familiar symbol that she had seen before. The double heart emblem had been on her favorite show – Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. As any mother would, Nicole immediately grew concerned and tracked down the episode her daughter was referencing. That’s when she was left sick to her stomach as she realized the hidden meaning behind the symbol.
Unbeknownst to most people, pedophiles have secret codes among one another to help show their preferences to other predators online. There are several different logos, including “a blue spiral-shaped triangle symbol, a butterfly, a yin-yan looking circle, pink/blue triangles, and of course, the heart within a heart,” according to Above Top Secret. The logo that was found on the toy from the Monster Jam was the “Girl lover” logo, which is the symbol that pedophiles who are attracted to girls use to represent an adult/female child relationship.
“Immediately, I went into momma bear mode,” says Nicole. “I was angry. I wanted to call and text everybody. I wanted answers.”
Once Feld Entertainment, the company that runs the Monster Jam, was informed of the symbol on their toy, representatives were shocked, considering they had no idea that the hearts had another meaning. They have decided to pull the toy from all of their vendors and investigate the individual who had originally designed the toy.
“I am absolutely sick,” says Nicole. “I bought this for my two-year-old little girl.”
It was an easy enough mistake to make, but it’s one we all should learn from. There’s no telling how a pedophile might react after seeing a young girl carrying this particular toy with the hidden meaning printed on it. Instead of putting our children at risk, it’s more important that these hidden codes get spread around the Internet like wildfire to help prevent anything from happening to an innocent child.