It was not the first death in a wilderness program. It was not the last death in the wilderness program.
It had not the media coverage as in the case of Aaron Bacon. His parents did not testify in congress. There was no movie made of him.
The wilderness program was not as high profile as Sagewalk known from "Brat Camp". A wilderness program which got closed down 9 years later when Sergey Blashchishen lost his life at Sagewalk.
Who's fault is it that William "Eddie" Lee is not an everyday household name? Did he not have just as much a right to outlive his potential and fulfill his dreams?
Of course he had. But in order to make it to the frontpage, you have to have a strong support group. One second used on natural grief and the death is forgotten in a modern and cruel media world. It is not the fault of his parents. They were only humans and kept their grief private.
That's why this post was made. I never knew William "Eddie" Lee but his deaths was unfair and cruel.
- Death Trip (Healthday Magazine)
- Charge in Wilderness School Death, The Associated Press, September 20, 2000 (Reprint from Project Nospank)
- A son's death fueled drive for wilderness-school law (The Seattke Times)