Disney Gator Attack: Matt, Melissa Graves Address Disney Lawsuit Controversy
After losing their two-year-old son to a terrible tragedy while on vacation at the Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Florida, Matt and Melissa Graves have revealed today that they had made the decision not to file a lawsuit against Disney.Advertisement
In a statement, Lane’s parents Matt and Melissa Graves said that they have decided not to pursue a lawsuit against Disney. Instead, that they would focus on the “future health” of the family.
On June 14, Lane was wading in shallow waters during a movie night outside the resort when an alligator grabbed the boy. Matt and Melissa tried to rescue their son from the gator, but their efforts proved futile.
Matt would later say he also had to fight off a second gator while trying to free his son from the other. Lane’s body was found floating near the area where his parents saw him get snatched the night before. Autopsy results confirmed that the boy’s cause of death was drowning.
Just over a month after the horrific tragedy, Melissa and Matt had set up the Lane Thomas Foundation in Lane’s memory.
“While there is no way to mend our hearts, we can do good work in his honor,” the grieving parents said.
Funds received by the foundation will reportedly be used to make direct donations to a number of charitable organizations.
According to a report from the Washington Post, a Disney World property in Orlando has posted signs all over the resort warning the public about alligators and snakes in the area. Guests are being asked to stay away from the water.
— MaryAnn Martinez (@maryannreports) June 16, 2016
— JRodriguez (@JRodzMIA) June 15, 2016