A Connecticut family has hired an attorney and is expected to announce a lawsuit against Rye Playland in connection with the death of their 7-year-old boy. The family says it intends to donate any money that it might get to establishing homes and schools for deprived and abused children.
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Granted, while seat belts are not really needed on the ride, they would be a way to prevent someone from standing up... though how do you put seat belts on a ride where riders ride in tandem (bobsled style?)
As for the Supervision and the "should not have been allowed to ride alone"... Wasn't a family member (his mother, if I remember from the initial reports when this happened) waiting for him in front of the ride? If he needed "Better Supervision" and if he should not have ridden alone, why was she waiting out front instead of being in the boat with him?*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 9/14/2005 11:35:03 AM ***
The Whizzer at SFGAm (as with any Schwartzkopf "Jet Star") have bobsled style seating with a seatbelt.
But I agree with you in regards to the supervision. If they were concerned about him misbehaving on the ride, then they should supervise him. As 'Gator said in the thread about pedophiles...
PARENTS are the best protection, NOONE else is as invested in your kids as you are.
....that is until someone else sues the city because their little Timmy got all cut up by the razor wire. :) :) :)
Please note that Playland allows adults (even those without any "points" remaining) to ride WITH their children...
To George: Even *I* don't read what I type....good to know SOMEONE does, LOL... :)
Wasn't there a case in England where an elderly woman, who had been burgled several times, had her son install barbed wire atop the stone wall that surrounded her home... only to be later sued, successfully, by a would be burgler who was in jured by the wire while attempting to climb over the wall to burgle her house yet again? (sorry, I forget the details. I only remember that story from a few years back)
*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 9/14/2005 12:37:20 PM ***
Remeber one dad getting very angry with me for grabbing their child when he was just being "curious". I explained that they were basically watching their child do the equivilent of walking in front of a steem roller and and sticking hand in a light socket, he got huffy and walked off.
The shame is that this will most likely be settled out of court. I personally can't imagine what a grieving parent goes through but the line needs to be drawn somewhere.
In it for the money or not,the loss of a life is horrible, the want to point fingers at someone almost like a addiction, the ability to accept any responsibility from any corner being like asking someone to accept their addictions. The truth is always the victim in the end.
Always ride with your kids until they are able to ride alone, simple. When can they ride alone, they will let you know that :)
Maybe the parents aren't looking for money. It appears more that what they are looking for is absolution. They need someone to say officially, "Mommy, Daddy, it's not your fault that little Jon died."
So now parks will be put in the position of assuming that Mom and Dad are totally unfit parents, and once again the state knows best how to raise children.
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