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Kansas lawmaker's son killed on world's largest water slide

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    It is difficult to imagine many things more awful than this. I hope I never experience a scene like this one.

    Boy dies on world’s tallest water slide
  2. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    And that's a sanitized version of the story.
  3. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Believe me. You don't want the unsanitized version. Those two people in the raft with him will have that for the rest of their lives.
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    What's the semi sanitized version? That Post story told nothing.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    I saw a headline about decapitation. But I wasn't about to click that.
  6. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    The sanitization of the story bothers me. People have a right to know that there is - or was - a waterslide that was dangerous enough a contraption to decapitate a 10-year-old child.
  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure that it was known yet, when that initial story was written. I debated whether to post this story, because it verges on misery porn. But I ultimately came down where you come down. I have a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old. They love water slides. As a parent, I want to know that this can happen, and I want to know why.
  8. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    There's no way to bring this up without sounding like an asshole, and it is a microscopic complaint next to the tragedy that happened, but nevertheless:

    Why were a bunch of politicians and their families letting themselves get comped for admission and lunch on "Elected Officials Day" at the water park? Does nobody pretend to do ethics anymore?
  9. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Some things in this world just can't be sanitized.

  10. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

  11. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    I was at the royals game when it happened and my Twitter feed blew up in the sixth inning with reports about this.

    The unspoken was that the boy had been decapitatwd. I'm horrified just reading this.

    We drove by it hours later not even knowing those awful details and my two kids - who had wanted to ride the damn water slide for two years - now had no desire to ever ride it.

    The park is open today. Given wear happened, I can't imagine ever taking a child there or ever spending a dollar there.
  12. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Kansas has some of the weakest regulation of rides in the United States. State law allows officials to conduct spot safety inspections, but employees in that department have been slashed by a third in recent years.

    A Schlitterbahn employee told FOX 4 she had never saw a single state inspection in the multiple years she has worked there. She added that the only inspection the park ever carried out was 'people riding down slides one time - 'oh, it's okay,'' she said she was told.

    Read more: Lawmaker demands better regulation of water park rides
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