Viral Mom Slams 'Blamers and Shamers' of Parents After Disney Gator Attack
A blogger and mother took to Facebook to defend the parents of a two-year-old boy who was killed by an alligator at a Disney World resort.
In a post that's been shared and liked more than 250,000 times since last night, Melissa Fenton called on parents to stop "blaming and shaming" other parents when tragedy strikes.
Fenton lamented that 2016 has become "the year of the perfect parent," and that the death of Lane Graves was a "tragic and unforeseeable accident."
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.
Why? Because BLAME and SHAME.
Because we have become a nation of BLAMERS and SHAMERS.
Fenton said that people sit "behind keyboards" and criticize on social media instead of offering words of support.
I’ve had enough of scrolling through comment threads and seeing over and over again questions like “Where were the parents?” and thoughts like, “This is what happens when you don’t watch your kids.”
I have simply HAD ENOUGH.
She then called on those who criticize to imagine what it will be like for the Nebraska family to have to bury the two-year-old boy and forever be left with the horror of seeing the alligator drag him away.
Fenton asked whether the critics would ever blame the parents right to their face.
Here, let me help you. Put away your pitchfork for a moment and try this.
To the mother and father who went for a walk on vacation for the last time with their little boy yesterday, I am deeply sorry that you had to experience the worst kind of tragedy possible, an accident. I grieve with you. Your baby was my baby. Your son was my son. I have nothing but love for you, love to help you get though the pain yesterday, today, and for what is gonna seem like a thousand tomorrows. I wrap my thoughts and prayers around your aching heart and soul. May the God of this universe in some miraculous way bring peace to you and your family.
That is what you say. THAT. And just THAT.
Read Fenton's full post above and let us know your thoughts. See more here on whether Disney did enough to warn its guests about the dangers of alligators.
Meantime, a mother also vacationing at the resort shared a photo showing her three-year-old son standing in the same location of the fatal attack.