Responses to Boy's Death at Disney

Grandfloridian.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x743A two-year-old boy was taken by an alligator at the edge of a lagoon at a Florida Disney Resort. His body was recovered 16 hours after the attack. 

Jacquee Wahler, vice president of the Walt Disney World Resort, said, "Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement." Wahler also said, "We are conducting a swift and thorough review of our processes and protocols. This includes the number, placement and wording of our signage and warnings.''

The president of Walt Disney World also posted a short statement

There are no words to convey the profound sorrow we feel for the family and their unimaginable loss. We are devastated and heartbroken by this tragic accident and are doing what we can to help them during this difficult time.

On behalf of everyone at Disney, we offer them our deepest sympathy.

Disney did display "No swimming" signs around the lagoon, and people are questioning whether this is enough. Alligators are common in the lagoons, but attacks are rare.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings was interviewed on the day of the attack and then announced when the body was found, on June 16.

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Discussion Starters: 

  • Should Disney do more to protect people? Research the situation before you respond. 
  • Beyond the statement you read here, what else, if anything, should Disney say?