MY TURN: Deaths at city pools - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

WMC-TV V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Deaths at city pools

WMC-TV V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

The summer season got off to a sad start in the city of Memphis with the drownings of two youngsters on the first day that the city pools opened. The city parks department moved quickly and correctly to close all city pools for a week to investigate these tragedies.

Certainly, we should avoid jumping to the conclusion that these drownings occurred because of poor management of the pools or some other preventable situation. On the other hand, the city should be diligent and transparent in their investigation.

The city's investigation may be diligent, but at this point it is not transparent. City officials say they anticipate lawsuits so they're going to keep the results of their investigation secret.

That's not good enough. The children and families of Memphis deserve safe swimming pools, and at the moment, the burden is on city leaders to prove to all of us that they are. The tragic deaths of Cameron Hogg and Demavius Bailey will be in vain if the city squanders this moment to make all of the city pools as safe as they should be.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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