Florida Mom Defends Parents of Toddler Killed by Alligator at Disney World, Slams 'Blamers and Shamers' in Viral Post
"Parents, I beg of you, stop blaming and shaming other parents," Melissa Fenton wrote on Facebook
Unfortunately, there has also been criticism of the parents.
However, one Florida mom is hitting back at “blamers and shamers,” and coming to the defense of 2-year-old Lane Graves‘ parents Matt and Melissa, who tried desperately to fight off the gator that killed their son.
“Parents, I beg of you, stop blaming and shaming other parents,” wrote Melissa Fenton, who is a writer. “I weep for this mother and father. I am sick with anguish for the pain, agony, misery, and regret pulsating through their viens [sic] this very second. And I bet you are too.”
In her post, Fenton called the incident “pure horror” and “sheer terror,” as well as “a tragic and unforeseeable accident. An accident.”
Lane’s autopsy was completed on Thursday afternoon and concluded that he died as a result of drowning and traumatic injuries.
“You see, 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,” Fenton continued. “Why? Because BLAME and SHAME. Because we have become a nation of BLAMERS and SHAMERS.”
Adding, “I have simply HAD ENOUGH. I have one question for the blaming and shaming moms and dads. You know the ones who immediately blame the parents, the ones who go on the internet and type comments like, ‘This is nothing but neglect by the parents,’ and ‘They should have known better. Who was watching that little boy?’ and my favorite, ‘I would never let that happen to my kid.’ Here is my question, Have you ever been to a child’s funeral before? I have. The funeral of a child is an event in life that you never, ever want to experience.”
Lane was playing in about six inches to one foot of water in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Disney resort when an alligator grabbed the boy and pulled him under the water. After a 16-hour search, his body was recovered fully intact by a dive team just yards away from where the attack occurred.
Fenton concluded her post by pleading to parents: “Stop the blaming. Stop the shaming. In their darkest hours, can we please just LOVE other parents. Please?”
On Thursday, the Graves family said that they were “devastated” and asked for privacy in a statement to ABC News.
“Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son. We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time,” the statement read. “To all of the local authorities and staff who worked tirelessly these past 24 hours, we express our deepest gratitude.”