Although signs near the resort’s lagoon specified ‘No Swimming,’ the Graves allowed their child to wade in the water around 9 p.m., which led to an unexpected alligator attacking and ultimately killing him.
However, pictures of the resort reveal that contrary to what the internet claims, the Graves aren’t necessarily negligent parents for letting their child wade in the water—dozens of parents posted pictures of their children in the exact same location as Lane before he was pulled away by the alligator.
One mother, Janice Croze, shared a picture of her daughter in the lagoon playing the same way Lane likely was; in the background, you can see multiple children and adults also in the water.
“There were tons of children and adults wading at the water’s edge. Never did any of us think there was any danger at all! This is a bizarre, horrific accident,” she wrote.
“I can assure you alligators were not on my mind at all when Channing was in the water. It's a tiny beach… I can't conceive that an alligator would be in such a busy, small space,” Jennifer Venditti posted with a picture of her son.
This was an unforeseeable, completely tragic accident, and parents are not always perfect—it doesn’t cross any parent’s mind that an alligator could attack their child on a private Disney World resort.
One mother’s post, in particular, went viral as she blasted the internet for blaming the parents for the incident.
Melissa Fenton expressed that, “We now live in a time where accidents are not allowed happen. You heard me. Accidents, of any form, in any way, and at any time, well, they just don’t happen anymore…Why? Because we have become a nation of BLAMERS and SHAMERS.”
“At the funeral for this two year boy [sic.] who died in front of his parents, can you do me a favor? Can you walk up to the mother and say the words that you just typed out last week? Can you? Can you greet her, hug her, shake the father’s hand and then say, 'Who was watching that little boy? You should have known better. I would never let that happen to MY child.'"
She concluded by telling everyone to put away their pitchforks and approach the situation with empathy and kindness, because that is what the grieving family needs above all.
Banner Image Credit: Facebook, Janice Croze