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Disney Gator Attack: Why Melissa Graves & Michelle Green Of Harambe Incident Were Treated Differently

Disney Gator Attack: Why Melissa Graves & Michelle Green Of Harambe Incident Were Treated Differently
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Disney Gator Attack: Why Melissa Graves & Michelle Green Of Harambe Incident Were Treated Differently

By now, the entire nation is aware of how one family’s magical Disney vacation has turned into a tragedy when parents Melissa and Matt Graves lost their two-year-old son after he was snatched by a crocodile in the middle of the night.

The Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that the boy’s cause of death was the result of drowning and traumatic injuries. More and more people are questioning why the boy was wading in the water with “No Swimming” signs around it. Suddenly, the incident is being compared to a previous one, where a boy was “rescued” from Harambe, a gorilla, which was shot to death.

According to @DomCena on Twitter, “A gorilla being a gorilla, an alligator being a alligator.. Parent’s not being parents.”

After seeing their son Lane get snatched by an alligator, his parents Matt and Melissa jumped into the water to try to save their boy. As a result, Matt sustained cuts on his arms. His efforts, however, proved futile. Lane ended up getting dragged into deeper water where he would disappear for hours. The boy was found dead the next day, his body intact, floating 10 to 15 yards from where the attack had taken place.

As you would recall, a four-year-old had managed to climb into a public barrier that kept Harambe the gorilla within safe distance from visitors of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Harambe was with two female gorillas, who the staff managed to recall immediately. As Harambe proceeded to drag the boy around, however, the staff had to make the difficult decision to put the gorilla down.

Soon after, criticism came for the boy’s parents, Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson, who happens to have a criminal record. There was a petition asking for Michelle to be investigated by Child Protective Services.

As for the Graves, they have largely remained out of the public eye. In the Twitterverse, however, sympathies are pouring out for the couple. Jason Mitchell, a father of two, says, “Being helpless to help your children is your greatest fear. My heart goes out to the parents.”

Meanwhile, Collin Garbarino commented, “People without kids blame the parents. People with kids weep with the parents and hold their own children tighter.”

There are also those who are criticizing the fact that some alligators in the Seven Seas Lagoon had to be euthanized following the attack outside the Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Recording artist NUFF$AID says, “People are blaming an alligator for being an alligator, when the real issue here is child negligence. Watch your child.”

Also read: Disney Gator Attack: See Exact Spot Where Lane Graves Was Snatched By Reptile

As of the moment, Lane’s parents are not facing any criminal charges. Meanwhile, Jennifer Venditti, whose son had been playing in the exact spot where Lane was taken a few minutes later, remarked, “I’ve already seen posts criticizing the parents. I can assure you alligators were not on my mind at all when Channing was in the water.

“I can’t conceive that an alligator would be in such a busy, small space.”

Also read: Disney Gator Attack: Photo Of Lane Graves, Matt & Melissa Graves & Facts About The Family

Related: Disney Gator Attack: Remains Of 2-Year-Old Boy Found

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About Jennifer Ong

Jennifer Ong has been covering and writing stories since 1998. Over the years, she has worked on stories on business, health, lifestyle, entertainment and travel. She has also previously written shows for television. When she's not on the job, she enjoys wine and Formula 1.

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