I feel for anyone who as lost anyone due to any cause. Parents losing their children is one of the worst things I can imagine.
That being said:
If a 17 year old highly accomplished young woman gets hit by a train, that’s tragic.
If the 17 year old is hearing impaired, that’s tragic and even more sad.
If the 17 year old is Miss Deaf Texas, that’s newsworthy, tragic, and sad.
But if the 17 year old is
a) hearing impaired and knows it (being Miss Deaf Texas would be a clue) and
b) is text messaging anyone (let alone her parents) while walking near a train track
then the 17 year old Miss Deaf Texas was doing something very stupid.
Did she deserve to die? No. Did her parents deserve to lose her? Of course not.
Did she contribute to her own death? Yes indeedy.
Does she deserve a certain amount of mockery?
In my world, if you don’t laugh then you are always going to be crying about one thing or another.
The comedy-tragedy rule is this:
If I get a paper cut, that’s a tragedy.
If you, Mr or Mrs Anonymous, fall down a manhole and die, that’s comedy.
And give me a break! I barely mentioned that the story had humorous elements.
Did I suggest that her entry in the Mrs Deaf Texas talent portion of the competition was clearly not “train dodging?”
That would clearly be wrong.