First of all, I want to send my thoughts and prayers to the little girl’s family. This is such a terrible story – one that I absolutely hate to hear. Unfortunately, this story gets told and repeated every summer.
I just want to say this one thing & I am saying this after reading comments on various news pages: The School is at fault 100%. People can say things like “the beach should have lifeguards on duty 24/7”, “not enough signs”, “it’s the ocean’s fault”. The fact is, this school had the class trip. Now, I’m not sure how many ocean beaches there are in Harlem, but the ocean is a dangerous place and it should be respected. You should not be allowed to swim in the ocean, unless you know how to swim in the ocean. Sure, you can say that lifeguards should have been on duty, but guess what? Lifeguards cannot be on duty 24 hours a day! They do their best job when they are, but we still need to be responsible whether they’re on duty or not. This tragedy could have happened anytime! You must respect the ocean and understand that it’s a lot different than swimming in a pool. The ocean is unpredictable. I’m not saying that a 12 year old girl should have this responsibility – kids will be kids. The adults that brought her to the beach should. They should have known that the waters could be dangerous and made sure these kids are going to be safe – whether that’s lecturing them beforehand on water safety or working it out with Long Beach to have a few Lifeguards on Duty for this trip. That is why I think the school is at fault 100%.
Comments? BRING IT ON!!