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(41 Action News)   Judge dismisses charges against Schlitterbahn Waterpark officials over 10-year-old boy decapitated on their Verrückt water slide in 2016 because Kansas   (kshb.com) divider line
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2019-02-22 10:45:39 PM  
BS. The engineering on that ride was demonstrably dangerous.
 
2019-02-23 01:10:47 AM  
The best the prosecution could come up,with was to show the Travel Channel to the jury?
 
2019-02-23 01:11:41 AM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: The best the prosecution could come up,with was to show the Travel Channel to the jury?


Should have shown some footage of Action Park
 
2019-02-23 01:15:54 AM  
What a Schlitty decision.
 
2019-02-23 01:16:42 AM  
Well then. Reopen the "Guillotine" immediately, they'll make bank until it happens again.
 
2019-02-23 01:17:27 AM  
His mom was said to be quite verklempt.
 
2019-02-23 01:19:44 AM  
This article was written by a person more drunk than I am.
 
2019-02-23 01:19:52 AM  
Because of prosecutorial misconduct. Is that what you meant subby?
 
2019-02-23 01:21:48 AM  
Did it at least have the requisite "Must be no taller than this to ride" sign out front?
 
2019-02-23 01:22:00 AM  
Sounds to me like the prosecution got overzealous and misrepresented their evidence to make it seem more damning than it actually was. That's a no no.

Hate to see justice fail, but honestly this is an example of the system doing its job.
 
2019-02-23 01:28:52 AM  
And chances are this will go back to trial because that's still open to the prosecution.
 
2019-02-23 01:36:23 AM  
Literally the ride designer didn't use math or engineering, just trial and error.

Still, IMO, one of the best and most comprehensive articles about it (but a brutal read):
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/jef​f​-henry-verruckt-schlitterbahns-tragic-​slide/
 
2019-02-23 01:37:51 AM  

olrasputin: Did it at least have the requisite "Must be no taller than this to ride" sign out front?


yes, and the decapitated kid exceeded it by 5 inches.
 
2019-02-23 01:42:22 AM  
Calm down everyone. Let's not lose our heads over this..

/I'll escort myself out
//🎶I ain't got no body
No body, no body
I'm so sad and lonely 🎵
 
2019-02-23 01:44:01 AM  
Off-topic but Schlickerbahn Waterpark sounds like my kind of place.
 
2019-02-23 01:46:03 AM  
I remember watching the Travel Channel special on this ride and telling my daughter that there was no way I would ever let her go on that thing.  We're thrill-ride junkies but some things aren't worth the very obvious risk of grievous bodily harm.  I still can't believe that the dead kid's mother was stupid enough to let her child go down that death-trap.  Corporate liability still can't replace your child.
 
2019-02-23 01:50:53 AM  
I.... This park is 10 min from my house. I have nothing for this BS. A kid got his head ripped off by a faulty ride. I'm off to drink myself to sleep.
 
2019-02-23 01:52:03 AM  

SomeFarkinFarmgirl: I remember watching the Travel Channel special on this ride and telling my daughter that there was no way I would ever let her go on that thing.  We're thrill-ride junkies but some things aren't worth the very obvious risk of grievous bodily harm.  I still can't believe that the dead kid's mother was stupid enough to let her child go down that death-trap.  Corporate liability still can't replace your child.


Don't blame anyone but the owners and designers.
 
2019-02-23 01:52:47 AM  
This is surprising as the victim's parent is a Kansas legislator...
 
2019-02-23 01:57:18 AM  

Esroc: Sounds to me like the prosecution got overzealous and misrepresented their evidence to make it seem more damning than it actually was. That's a no no.

Hate to see justice fail, but honestly this is an example of the system doing its job.


What if the mistakes made were intentional? Let's suppose the people facing charges have enough money and political connections to get out of it except it can't be anything obvious because of how it'll look to the public. What if there were some deliberate technical errors made and the judge has to toss it out. This way the prosecutors can say they were trying hard to get the grand jury to charge them, the judge says his hands were tied by the law, and the accused walk away. Who does the public blame? The public will just shrug, shake their heads about 'technicalities' and everyone will forget about it.
 
2019-02-23 01:59:32 AM  
In January 2017 the Schwab family settled a civil case for $20 million


Twenty million reasons not to destroy any additional lives.
 
2019-02-23 02:03:37 AM  

baron von doodle: I.... This park is 10 min from my house. I have nothing for this BS. A kid got his head ripped off by a faulty ride. I'm off to drink myself to sleep.


Organize a demonstration. Kick 'em where it hurts. Their farking wallets. Find pictures of the kid smiling, put them on poster board for signs.

Get a petition going.

You have immediate access to their location.

Pamphlets and petitions.

Do nothing in a stupid fashion.


Hit them where they will feel it.
 
2019-02-23 02:05:44 AM  

LabGrrl: olrasputin: Did it at least have the requisite "Must be no taller than this to ride" sign out front?

yes, and the decapitated kid exceeded it by 5 inches.


Yup. That was my distasteful joke. Thank you for explaining.
 
2019-02-23 02:06:26 AM  
The sick thing is that the owner of the park wrote a New York Times bestseller titled "How to Get A Head in Business".
 
2019-02-23 02:09:50 AM  

LabGrrl: Literally the ride designer didn't use math or engineering, just trial and error.

Still, IMO, one of the best and most comprehensive articles about it (but a brutal read):
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/jeff​-henry-verruckt-schlitterbahns-tragic-​slide/


That article was a lot better. Thanks. What a sad story.
 
2019-02-23 02:10:24 AM  

olrasputin: LabGrrl: olrasputin: Did it at least have the requisite "Must be no taller than this to ride" sign out front?

yes, and the decapitated kid exceeded it by 5 inches.

Yup. That was my distasteful joke. Thank you for explaining.


Oh, and bonus points to whoever reads that in Summer Glau's voice from SCC.
 
2019-02-23 02:12:38 AM  

Birnone: Esroc: Sounds to me like the prosecution got overzealous and misrepresented their evidence to make it seem more damning than it actually was. That's a no no.

Hate to see justice fail, but honestly this is an example of the system doing its job.

What if the mistakes made were intentional? Let's suppose the people facing charges have enough money and political connections to get out of it except it can't be anything obvious because of how it'll look to the public. What if there were some deliberate technical errors made and the judge has to toss it out. This way the prosecutors can say they were trying hard to get the grand jury to charge them, the judge says his hands were tied by the law, and the accused walk away. Who does the public blame? The public will just shrug, shake their heads about 'technicalities' and everyone will forget about it.


The victim's father was a congressman. If anything, this fact combined with some gov't idiot actually approving this poorly designed death-trap is why they were trying to bring criminal charges. Some official dropped the ball on the whole "safety inspection" issue and was looking to shift the blame.
 
2019-02-23 02:14:44 AM  
I would like to state here that I've never received head in a water park
 
2019-02-23 02:15:11 AM  
The problem is that voters keep electing incompetent people to public office.
 
2019-02-23 02:21:06 AM  

LabGrrl: olrasputin: Did it at least have the requisite "Must be no taller than this to ride" sign out front?

yes, and the decapitated kid exceeded it by 5 inches.


Can't tell if serious, but laughed anyways.
 
2019-02-23 02:32:27 AM  
An attorney general manipulating a grand jury, you don't say.
 
2019-02-23 02:50:20 AM  
So the park came out ahead? Someone with a good head on his shoulders was really using his noggin.
 
2019-02-23 02:59:14 AM  

LabGrrl: Literally the ride designer didn't use math or engineering, just trial and error.

Still, IMO, one of the best and most comprehensive articles about it (but a brutal read):
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/jeff​-henry-verruckt-schlitterbahns-tragic-​slide/


This thing was designed by Calvin's dad?!

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2019-02-23 03:07:17 AM  

aagrajag: LabGrrl: Literally the ride designer didn't use math or engineering, just trial and error.

Still, IMO, one of the best and most comprehensive articles about it (but a brutal read):
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/jeff​-henry-verruckt-schlitterbahns-tragic-​slide/

This thing was designed by Calvin's dad?!

[img.fark.net image 425x133]


I really miss Calvin and Hobbes.

The only comic strip I read these days is Pearls Before Swine. Everything else is either recycled, or just stupid. Or both.

Other than C&H and Red Meat, but those I only see online.
 
2019-02-23 03:16:08 AM  

BlazeTrailer: I would like to state here that I've never received head in a water park


Or given it, presumably, unlike some people.
 
2019-02-23 03:16:45 AM  

LabGrrl: olrasputin: Did it at least have the requisite "Must be no taller than this to ride" sign out front?

yes, and the decapitated kid exceeded it by 5 inches.


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2019-02-23 03:18:45 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: BlazeTrailer: I would like to state here that I've never received head in a water park

Or given it, presumably, unlike some people.


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2019-02-23 03:23:44 AM  

BadReligion: BS. The engineering on that ride was demonstrably dangerous.


It was the AG's office to lose and it sounds like they did an outstanding job at it.
 
2019-02-23 03:52:07 AM  

LabGrrl: Literally the ride designer didn't use math or engineering, just trial and error.

Still, IMO, one of the best and most comprehensive articles about it (but a brutal read):
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/jeff​-henry-verruckt-schlitterbahns-tragic-​slide/


That's a hard read for a Saturday morning but an important one.  They all strike me as normal people who wanted to give people a great time and that the tragedy has deeply hurt them all. It would be easier in some respects if they had acted like a faceless corporation but they're quite clearly devastated by it. Not that it excuses anything or mitigates the suffering of the boy's family in any way, it's just a very brutal, tragic story all around.
 
2019-02-23 03:52:18 AM  

BadReligion: BS. The engineering on that ride was demonstrably dangerous.


Basically, so is driving. This is a classic case of going for the gold and face-planting just short of the finish line. Regardless of fault, the prosecution buggered this up.
 
2019-02-23 03:53:10 AM  

TomTudbury: aagrajag: LabGrrl: Literally the ride designer didn't use math or engineering, just trial and error.

Still, IMO, one of the best and most comprehensive articles about it (but a brutal read):
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/jeff​-henry-verruckt-schlitterbahns-tragic-​slide/

This thing was designed by Calvin's dad?!

[img.fark.net image 425x133]

I really miss Calvin and Hobbes.

The only comic strip I read these days is Pearls Before Swine. Everything else is either recycled, or just stupid. Or both.

Other than C&H and Red Meat, but those I only see online.


I assume that you are aware of the week that Bill Watterson drew for Pearls Before Swine.

If not, then look for it and prepare to squee.

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/if that last line wasn't a clue-by-four, then nothing is
 
2019-02-23 04:02:24 AM  

BlazeTrailer: I would like to state here that I've never received head in a water park


Then you won't need to take a seat over there.
 
2019-02-23 04:09:18 AM  

Fano: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: The best the prosecution could come up,with was to show the Travel Channel to the jury?

Should have shown some footage of Action Park


Action Park never had the capital to build a ride THAT dangerous.
 
2019-02-23 04:11:24 AM  

olrasputin: Did it at least have the requisite "Must be no taller than this to ride" sign out front?


The sign said "Will be no taller than this after ride"
 
2019-02-23 04:18:04 AM  

BadReligion: BS. The engineering on that ride was demonstrably dangerous.


Quite possibly true.  All the more reason to slap down the prosecutor, then....he shouldn't have had to resort to what sounds pretty close to effective perjury, if TFAs description is accurate.
 
2019-02-23 05:00:06 AM  

TomTudbury: aagrajag: LabGrrl: Literally the ride designer didn't use math or engineering, just trial and error.

Still, IMO, one of the best and most comprehensive articles about it (but a brutal read):
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/jeff​-henry-verruckt-schlitterbahns-tragic-​slide/

This thing was designed by Calvin's dad?!

[img.fark.net image 425x133]

I really miss Calvin and Hobbes.

The only comic strip I read these days is Pearls Before Swine. Everything else is either recycled, or just stupid. Or both.

Other than C&H and Red Meat, but those I only see online.


You might like Frazz. There are people who theorize the titular character is a grown up Calvin.
 
2019-02-23 05:31:02 AM  
helpful picture:
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2019-02-23 05:35:08 AM  
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Ho Li Fuk.

They needed to lengthen that runout hill so the approach and departure radii are longer to keep the G forces down.

They also needed something besides gravity to assure that boats remained in the channel.  Big gusts of wind and boats are always an interesting mix.
 
2019-02-23 05:58:45 AM  
Strange decision, as usually it's heads you win, tails you lose
 
2019-02-23 06:24:57 AM  

studebaker hoch: [img.fark.net image 850x1333]
Ho Li Fuk.

They needed to lengthen that runout hill so the approach and departure radii are longer to keep the G forces down.

They also needed something besides gravity to assure that boats remained in the channel.  Big gusts of wind and boats are always an interesting mix.


They added a cage to keep riders on the track. That is how the kid got decapitated. He caught his head on the cage frame.

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