You might have heard the news by now that some kid died at the “happiest place on Earth” because of negligence on the part of his parents. The ‘executive summary’ is this:
A family visiting from Nebraska was enjoying an evening out on the faux shore of a man-made lake at the Seven Seas Lagoon on the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World in Florida. At some point, their two-year-old wandered into the water. Witnesses say they saw him being dragged under water by an alligator. Deputies are currently searching for the animal.
Here’s the thing. There were ‘No Swimming’ signs posted all over the lake. You don’t have to be a local to understand that means no swimming. Now, people are complaining that there weren’t any ‘Alligator’ signs. First of all, alligators in Florida go where they want. They don’t respect fences, barriers, ‘keep out’ signs, etc. And second — and I’m not saying I fully agree with this — if Disney called attention to the possible threat of alligators in the lakes, no one would go back to the resort.
So while I feel awful that a young child is dead, I don’t feel bad for the parents one bit. It’s as if God took this poor kid away from a couple of inept sociopaths — so concerned with their own fun they couldn’t be bothered to keep an eye on their toddler.
A Hard Lesson
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says the parents tried to right around a bad situation.
“The father entered the water and tried to grab the child. (He) was not successful in doing so. At some point, I’m told, the mother may have also entered the water. So the parents diligently tried to get the child. They alerted a nearby lifeguard who was there in the area as well, but they were unsuccessful in that effort.”
Still, (and these are my sentiments) they’re the ones who created this whole mess to begin with. And for that fact, they should be charged with murder and spend the rest of their lives in prison, without the possibility of parole.
Harsh? Not at all. And before any of you parents write in telling me how difficult it is to be a parent, understand this: no one asked you to have children in the first place, and once you chose to be a parent, you have an obligation to keep your kids safe at all times. Not “I just looked away for a second,” not “I thought someone else was watching him.” That’s horseshit and you know it. You failed your son, folks. And now he’s had to pay the ultimate price.
Wildlife are not toys. These animals are not your kids’ playthings. So whether it’s an endangered gorilla at the zoo, or an alligator simply doing what alligators do, we can’t keep killing God’s creatures because some psychotic parents are too stubborn or just plain not smart enough to keep an eye on their little brats. Enough!
by Frank Calling