It happened one day in late June 2015. Tracy Dean, her 11-year-old son Dylan and a friend went to Splashtown waterpark in San Antonio for an outing. But things turned unpleasant when Dylan wanted to go down a water slide. The boy, who is autistic and has a medical condition that causes weight gain, allegedly was heckled by two teenage lifeguards who called him fat, and pointed and laughed at him.
Waterpark officials insisted the guards actually were concerned that Dylan was too tall for the ride and one blew a whistle to get his attention. The guard then accidentally blew the whistle out of his mouth and the other guard was laughing at that, not the guest.
Be that as it may, word of the alleged bullying lit up social media and angry citizens mistakenly lashed out at a waterpark with a similar name -- Funtown-Splashtown USA in Saco, Maine. As the backlash grew, the Maine facility knew something had to be done to make it clear that the incident did not occur there. An invitation was extended to Dylan Dean and his family to visit Funtown-Splashtown USA.
And this story has a happy ending. Read More