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Grieving mother wants safer lakes in Federal Way | Letters

I wish to write a little note to all parents and families of teen kids.

We all love our kids so much, but are we taking any precautions on keeping them safe once they are out of so-called home sweet home? Yes and no.

We tell them to be safe and stay out of trouble, but are they really safe once they are outside playing with other friends?

Take for example this summer. There have been so many deaths in our local lakes, or should we call them murders?

How safe are our lakes for swimming? Why are we allowing kids to swim in these lakes — because it’s cheap to go anytime?

We do get lifeguards and yet kids slip and fall and are never found until divers get to the so-called scene: Some kids who know how to swim still go under water, and divers come to help to find a body, and try to revive him. Families are called and informed your son was under water, yet they are able to revive him and get his heart rate back, he is on his way to hospital.

No, we don’t need to hear this. Once divers pull out a child from under water, he is no longer a healthy living child, if he did survive.

I personally feel there is a huge loophole in our system. The sign boards at the lakes are not good enough for teen kids to keep them away from these death traps.

Please, parents and concerned family members of teenage kids, I need your help to put up new rules or better sign boards with names of our kids who were trapped at lakes so as to raise concern for our death traps, what we call lakes.

Our government has options to shut down a swimming pool at gyms and hotels. They go check the purity of water. Who checks the purity of water at the lakes? Why are these lakes open for swimming? Everybody knows lake water is not clean.

My name is Suman Kumar. I have just lost a child at Steel Lake Park. My kid was not a dumb child. He was 17 years, 4 months and 20 days. He had just graduated with a high school diploma from Todd Beamer and with associate degree from Highline Community College. My son, Prabhakar Kumar, was enrolled at Seattle University for an electrical engineering degree.

My family has gone through hell on earth since July 6, 2012, and I know this pain will continue for me and my family.

I wish and pray no mother goes through these pains and sorrows by losing her child to these so-called lakes, which are beautiful to look at but once in, it proves to be a death trap.

Suman Kumar, Federal Way


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