In the summer of 2005, Yoni Gottesman's parents
took him to a summer camp. It was supposed to be a fun and
exciting experience. It was promised to be a safe experience.
Instead, on his first day at camp, little Yoni drowned.
He did not die because events occurred that
were out of everyone's control. Yoni died because of the gross
negligence and knowing misconduct of people who blatantly
failed to attend to his safety and well being. Yoni was killed
by the very people who were supposed to watch and protect
him. Yoni's story is not just about a promising young life
that ended too soon. It is about the horrifying circumstances
of his death. It is about the people who have not been held
accountable for their actions, actions that killed Yoni. It
is about the failure of the authorities to enforce the laws
of the land.
Every parent of a young child should know
how quickly a child can drown. Every parent should know how
dangerous daycare or camp facilities can be, even if they
outwardly appear to be safe. Every parent should demand that
law enforcement protect their children, not businesses that
place profits over safety.
is Yoni's Story.