This week—more than two years after the death of ten-year-old Caleb Schwab on the Verrückt waterslide at Schlitterbahn’s Kansas City waterpark—a crane began the demolition of the seventeen-story slide. The move was something the company had been hoping to do for some time, but the legal consequences of Schwab’s death, which resulted in charges of second-degree murder, aggravated child endangerment, and aggravated battery being filed against Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry and collaborator John Schooley, prevented the slide from being dismantled until prosecutors agreed to allow it in July. It was considered evidence in the criminal cases against Henry and Schooley. For the past two years, the slide has stood as a monument to the tragic consequences of Schlitterbahn’s hubris. With Verrückt’s demolition, the constant visual reminder…View Original Post
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