Relatives of The Station Nightclub Fire Victims Call ‘Pokemon Go’ Stop at Memorial ‘Just Wrong’
The Pokemon Go craze has swept the nation, but there have been some unfortunate hiccups that have come for those playing the game and not everyone is happy that gamers have turned up in their vicinity playing the game either. According to the Associated Press, one of the "Pokestops" in the game has sent Pokemon hunters to the site of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., which has understandably upset the relatives of those involved in the fire.
Back in 2003, 100 people were killed at the Station nightclub when the Jack Russell-led lineup of Great White was performing and the club went up in flames due to the pyrotechnics setting fire to the flammable foam soundproofing. In addition to those killed, over 200 people were also injured attempting to flee the club. The site of the club is currently surrounded by a chain-link fence while a memorial is being built.
Upon learning that gamers have been showing up at the spot hunting for Pokemon, Chris Fontaine, whose 22-year-old son Mark was killed on that fateful night, stated, "You're kidding me. It's not a gaming kind of place." Survivor Victoria Eagan added, "That is just so disrespectful. Graveyards and memorial sites especially are meant to honor and respect a certain person or event, not to make light of it." Robert Bruyere, whose stepdaughter Bonnie Hamelin was killed, stated, "For them to use a memorial site, that's just wrong." Fontaine was also upset to learn that in the description inside the game it incorrectly states that 200 people were killed. "At least have your facts straight," he added.
But not all interviewed saw the Pokestop as a bad thing, with Dave Kane, whose 18-year-old son Nicholas O'Neill was the youngest victim in the Station Fire, stating, "If it draws people over there when we open, that would be great." The memorial is set to open to the public in October.
Since the game has been launched, Pokestops have been removed at the atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, Japan and at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. among other sites after complaints were registered.