Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:03 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The parents of a 2-year-old boy who was killed by an alligator at a Walt Disney World resort last month will not sue the entertainment giant. Matt and Melissa Graves released a statement Wednesday, saying that they are founding a foundation in honor of their son, Lane, who was dragged underwater June 14 in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
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Good for them.
I hope Disney makes a donation to their foundation. I still can't look at a picture of that kid without feeling terrible.
I totally respect their decision not to sue, but given all the ridiculous and frivolous law suits flying around these days, it's weird to see someone who might have a legitimate claim taking a pass.
Not filing a lawsuit and accepting a confidential settlement agreement are two completely different things.
I'd be shocked if the family didn't accept some sort of settlement from Disney that after considering all of the factors was worth agreeing not to file suit and drag the thing on for years in litigation.
And almost always, settlement agreements are confidential so you will likely never hear what actually happened here behind the scenes. But I would almost guarantee that the family walked away with some chunk of money here.
Thank God I don't know the grief of the loss of a child, but I have to think that this particular death, as heinous as it was, is a made more so by the ties to Disney. Disney has saturated American culture and any time a reference to the company, be it in tv, films, bookstores, clothing stores, etc it is going to take that family back to this horrible memory. A death is a death, I understand, but this one will have reminders at nearly every turn.
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