Caleb Schwab

10-year-old Caleb Schwab, the son of Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab, was decapitated Sunday on the Verrückt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City.

The Verrückt slide in Kansas is billed as the world’s tallest water slide.

Caleb, his parents and 3 brothers attended “elected officials day” at the water park on Sunday. Numerous elected officials and their families were in the park when the tragedy happened.

According to witness reports and news footage, Caleb and his brother Nate, 12, climbed the 17-story steps to the top of the water slide tower.

According to park policy, 3 riders must weigh a combined minimum of 400 pounds to keep the rubber raft from going airborne off the hill after the initial 17-story, nearly vertical drop.

News footage of previous test runs shows the rafts flying through the air off the 2nd hill (see video below).

Engineers added the weight requirement and a safety net over the chute to keep the rafts from flying off the water slide. The safety net was supported by metal hoop bars. There was a break in the net at the bottom of the vertical drop to allow riders to escape if the raft stopped.

The 2 boys were weighed on a scale at the bottom of the tower and again on a scale at the top of the tower.

The 2 brothers could not ride the raft together with a 3rd person because the combined weight of all 3 riders didn’t meet the specified 400 lb. minimum.

So Nate went down the water slide first with 2 adult strangers.

Then it was Caleb’s turn.

Caleb entered the raft with 2 women who were strangers to him. As per policy, the lightest rider (Caleb) was seated in the front of the raft and the heaviest rider sat in the back.

Witness accounts on social media stated the weight of the 2 adult women and the boy did not equal 400 pounds.

Other witness accounts stated the scale at the top of the slide was malfunctioning that day.

Caleb was secured into the front seat with 2 large velcro straps. One strap went across his shoulder like a car’s seatbelt, and the other strap was secured around his waist.

Earlier riders had complained that the velcro straps failed or came loose during the ride.

The initial 17-story vertical drop straight down was uneventful.

But as the raft crested the 2nd smaller hill, something went horribly wrong.

Prior test runs showed water friction caused the rafts to come to a dead stop before cresting the smaller hill.

So powerful water jets were added to push the rafts up and over the smaller hill (see photo).

Caleb Schwab

The force of the water jets were adjusted to keep the rafts from flying off the slide. The 400 pound weight limit of the passengers was designed to keep the front of the raft from lifting and catching air at the top of the hill.

It was near the top of the smaller hill that Caleb’s raft went airborne due to the 3 passengers being under the 400 pound weight limit.

The velcro strap that should have held Caleb in the raft failed, and he was launched into the netting. His head collided with one of the metal hoop bars supporting the netting.

Caleb Schwab

At 65 mph, Caleb’s head was decapitated above the shoulders.

There are reports that Caleb’s head hit one of the women, fracturing her jaw and causing an eye injury. Both women suffered facial lacerations from the netting.

Caleb’s brother Nate, waiting for him at the end of the ride, witnessed the tragedy as it unfolded.

Witnesses report hearing Nate screaming hysterically as Caleb’s body slid down the chute and came to rest at the bottom.

Aerial photos shows the blood-soaked chute where Caleb’s body came to rest.

Caleb Schwab

The boys’ father, State Rep. Schwab, consistently voted against regulating big businesses. The lax regulations and no height restriction for amusement park rides are the main reasons the park’s owners chose Kansas City to build their water slide.

“Our park in Kansas City doesn’t have a height restriction so we decided to put it right here,” said Jeff Henry, Verruckt creator and Schlitterbahn co-owner.

In an interview with USA Today before the park opened to the public in July 2014, Henry admitted there were engineering problems with the water slide’s design.

“We had many issues on the engineering side,” Henry told USA Today. “A lot of our math was based on roller coasters at first, and that didn’t translate to a water slide like this. No one had ever done anything like this before.”

After the park’s grand opening in 2014, the age limit for children was changed from 14 to 10.

“It’s dangerous, but it’s a safe dangerous now,” Henry said in 2014. “Schlitterbahn is a family water park, but this isn’t a family ride.* It’s for thrill seekers of the world, people into extreme adventure.”

*(bold emphasis mine)





  • Teresa Uriel

    well…I guess he got the thrill he was seeking.

  • gellie

    Wow…

  • Soda

    Just climbing the stairs to get on the ride would be nauseating to me. Seeing the view on video…uhh.

  • gellie

    I knew it had to be something real eff’d up that took place because the news has been very slow to reveal what actually took place that led to his death.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Another sad post. Poor child.

  • Vonn

    Even if the weight requirements are met, why are riders only secured with Velcro straps?

  • Panther Charleston

    My God. The woman hit by the little boy’s head. The brother watching as his sibling’s head is severed from his body. The parents staring at the pool of blood. All of them will need every form of counseling ever invented. This is a tragedy of unexplainable proportions. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    This is just awful….No one expects things like this to happen at a water park. So sad.

  • MookieFly

    What kind of Final Destination ish is this? My prayer’s go out to the families because a day of fun should not end like this.

  • gellie

    Maybe it’s just me, but that doesn’t look like a ride that’s even remotely safe for a child to ride. If you have a weight MINIMUM (weight maximums I get) that’s 400 lbs…that doesn’t sound like something a kid should be allowed on.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    “It’s dangerous, but it’s a safe dangerous now,”
    ********
    Da fugg?

    RIP youngin

    Afternoon and whatnot?

  • 2MIDDLEFINGERSUP

    wonder if they will vote for some regulations now. one down

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I can only imagine what it was like to be riding in that raft. I don’t think I would ever be able to sleep again

  • Shay boogie

    I just said that. Like…. You market towards thrill seekers and note it’s “safe” dangerous…… Why is a 10 year old allowed?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They always do when it affects one of their own. Lawmakers don’t care about the voters. They only care about their buddies in big businesses who lines their pockets with cash.

  • IZumba

    No words. That ride is not meant for a ten year old child. RIH to Caleb. Prayers going to everyone involved..: (

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Imagine Nate having to live with that vision of his little brother… ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    More money from paying cutomers with children.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is the end of that water slide. Children will no longer be allowed to ride, and the park isn’t making enough money as it is.

  • TheRealLee

    Water slides should be like this from start to end; fully enclosed and perhaps open at the end when close to the pool. They can even make it transparent because the thrill includes people looking out as they come down. They need to high open slides and nettings. Common sense tells you people can get an arm or leg stuck in them. With the force you are coming down, I’m surprised more people haven’t gone off course to severe injuries or deaths.

  • Yetunde

    I don’t even want to read the whole story, the headline is shocking enough as it is. May his soul rest in peace.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They said his mom was screaming, “He’s not moving!” I don’t think she realized his head had come off.

  • cherrypie

    The boy should have never been allowed on the ride. Period. I heard it was “Elected Official’s Day”. Another site stated that the mother was on another ride and someone had to go and get her. I can’t even imagine the pain and grief this family is going through and to have the brother see the body come down. It’s unimaginable!!

  • Soda

    That ride isn’t meant for anyone except people whose lives are so carefree that they need a death wish adventure. For some of us everyday living is risk enough.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Because metal buckles rust.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    “The boys’ father, State Rep. Schwab, consistently voted against regulating big businesses. The lax regulations and no height restriction for amusement park rides are the main reasons the park’s owners chose Kansas City to build their water slide.”
    …………………………………………………………..
    even if he did pander to big business, I hope this isn’t a “that’s what he gets” statement, smh.
    RIP to this baby, and God have mercy on his brother who witnessed his death. Damn.

  • Jackie Brown

    This is gruesome…Rip

  • SummerBaby

    This is horrific! A 400 Ibs minimum to ride. ? RIP! ??

  • SummerBaby

    Get outta my head. That’s how I interpreted, but I told myself nah I’m just trippin.

  • MissHarlem

    I love waterparks. Tragic.

    SN I wouldn’t let him ride. No sir.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

  • Incog-knee-gress

    That is 4 riders per raft at least 100 lb per person minimum. So it wont literally fly off the rafter. I bet they had a raft full of kids or kids and women maybe? Its so damn AWFUL man.

  • Loyal Lifestyle

    I’m sure she was in shock, even though she saw he didn’t have a head. RIP young man.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Yep just read. Women and kids. This is horrific indeed

  • SummerBaby

    I can’t imagine the pain the family is experiencing. I have a 7 year old nephew & would lose it if something happened to him.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The rafts only seated 3 people each. It was originally designed to seat 2, but the rafts kept flying off the slide.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    This gave me the sads. absolute sads

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Girl THIS. They are truly still babies.

  • RespectSelf

    just reading this is scary. Of course this story may add to the attraction.

    I couldn’t imagine how the brother is doing after seeing his body come down. And the two women smh

  • MyNameIs

    This is horrible. RIP. I’m afraid to get on any rides these days.

  • Soda

    I saw video of the test ride. The rafts kept flying over the slide, so they installed the net.

  • SummerBaby

    Me too! I’m the official bag holder & snack eater at amusement parks.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Jesus!!!

  • MzFutureLCSW

    I know his brother was screaming. I would had been screaming with him.
    That poor family.
    Jesus!!!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Lord. I can’t. What an awful tragedy.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    “The boys’ father, State Rep. Schwab, consistently voted against regulating big businesses.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………

  • alissonraw

    Afternoon petty. Were we talking about go fund me downstairs? Well hopefully the state rep politician uses this money to help others after paying for the funeral. ? RIP

  • Ceezus

    I agree, age should be 18 and up but ain’t no way in hell i’m getting on that!

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    my sister’s gran mans are 7 and 9… anything happen to either one, we ALL gonna need a hospilla bed.
    God have mercy on this family. This a real live nightmare, smh.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The 2 women stated they didn’t see what happened. It happened so quickly. Their eyes were probably closed. Witnesses said the womens’ faces were bloody.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    If told y’all what my 9 yo weigh, you would think we were starving him. He eats like a man but metabolismime crazy. I’m not for kids and roller coasters.

  • Ceezus

    I have 3 words. SHUT IT DOWN!!! I’m sick just reading what happened to this child. Imagine how traumatized is brother and parents are?? I’m ill.

  • SummerBaby

    It’s probably best their eyes were closed.

  • Ceezus

    Makes no sense.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I updated the post with the video. I forgot to add it.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    From those two women witnessing this to the mom to the brother. My heart breaks. Just breaks.

  • MissHarlem

    Exactly. When they get some meat and height then OK. Other than that your ass will be at the bottom waiting for us or your brother to get off the ride. And ya better wave as we coming down. Tuh

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Agreed.
    But, this is tragic.
    But, I realize, it is only when it happens to “them”, it becomes an issue.
    Jesus!!!

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Hey……………………..

  • Trey

    So the father is culpable in his son’s death seeing as he wanted lax regulation on businesses.

  • Liah

    Jesus…Prayers for his family!!!!!

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    maybe because I just watched it over the weekend, but this reminds me of Jaws. they knew they should have closed the beach after the first shark attack, but they were more concerned about all the money they wouldn’t make if they warned the public and closed the beach. it the rafts were flying over the side, they should have shut it down THEN and not re-opened until they stopped flying off. the love of money is the root.

  • MyNameIs

    I was hoping the same but I just let it go. Smh.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    yeah, we do a lot of that around here, Lol!

  • B.Loveitt

    My God how sad. Once at White Water I forget the name but the big circle raft water slide thing we were on but it was going over the edge we were flying. I don’t know how but my friend grab the side and not because we were flying she just reached because the drop then the fly right back up in the air she said it scared her she thought she was going to fall off. Her reach and contact from the side was enough to stop our momentum. She couldn’t hold on the weight of water everything was too much as a matter of fact he probably could lost her fingers. But I couldn’t imagine and don’t want to as a parent or watching this unfold with one of my siblings. Bless their hearts.

  • Ceezus

    Don’t want to blame the parents but when you know there’s a ride taller than the Empire State Building, you might want to 1. Warn the kids not to get on and 2. Keep an eye on them. I know it’s hard at an amusement park but parents have to be aware of where the kids are. RiP, no blame, js.

  • NegroDamus

    this is terrible. another reason why the most extreme ride I get on is the tea cup one. Spend $45 just to walk around, eat, holla at broads, float in the lazy river, and play the carnival games….shew

  • yoni

    Scoot over and pass me a purse or a wing or something.

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    +1

  • Ceezus

    Okay!!! ??????

  • Michelle

    An adult shouldnt ride it either. Only a person with a death wish

  • MsSincerity

    Lol

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    I am at my desk laughing like Ms. Sophia at you using “extreme” and “tea cup” in the same breath… REAL TEARS.

  • Tammy Web

    The shear thought of climbing those stairs. This article summed it up for me. I wanted to know exactly how he died. RIP little one. I feel so sorry for his family.

  • B.Loveitt

    Gheesh folks…

  • Ceezus

    No way!! I’ll pass.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I went to an amusement park in December and chickened out at every ride I saw. I ride all the crazy rides as a kid but as you get older the more fearful you get. I got on the platform of one ride and had a panic attack. Had to get off ??

  • free

    this shyt was a tragedy waiting to happen–from conception to testing to full implementation.

  • yoni

    But wait, why are some news outlets saying he “died from a NECK INJURY”. See how media softens or hardens a blow for certain demographics. A neck injury would put me under the impression that he’s walking around in a neck brace or somethin’. RIP young man.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    this is what I do too though :facepalm:
    I spent $40 at the FunSpot in Orlando and didn’t ride but one ride and was hollering like I was falling from the sky …wasn’t even a roller coaster. it was like the next step up from the tea cups. it just goes around and goes faster every round. me and my Sis got off there and I was staggering and she had to check her blood pressure. that was our first and last ride that day.

  • Ceezus

    Shut it down!! They doing WAY too much. Too many revisions, etc.

  • free

    another witness reported that it just looked like someone’s head was down and they were floating in the water. the lifeguard told them the head was not there. i guess your mind doesn’t really comprehend it.

  • MsSincerity

    I peeped that too.

  • B.Loveitt

    I’d never be right again. My sibs are my hearts!

  • free

    and how many raggedy azz velco straps have i seen in amusement parks? it’s like they put them there but don’t maintain them after thousands or millions of uses.

  • SummerBaby

    That happened to me a few years back. I had climbed all them dayum stairs to get on a water slide & anxiety took over. I ended up walking back down all them steps. My crew was looking at me like ? What happened?! ?

  • Ceezus

    Yeah, attendant should have turned him away. Now they have to live with that guilt. Use Common sense people!!

  • free

    10 and 12 running around with no supervision. however, there are lifeguards or other park personnel posted at the top and bottom. they let them through.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    this was me HQ when I was around 35. I went to Kings Dominion and my nephew (15 at the time) talked me into getting on the roller coaster with him. mind you I hadn’t been on one in a good 5 years. well bless God, the one he picked was a stand up coaster! when I tell you I cried like a bish on that ride….

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    That’s the part that broke me down… that poor older brother. Such an unimaginable tragedy to witness at any age; but at 12 years old??? I am devastated for them all – especially that little boy.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    walk of shame, LMAO!!!

  • free

    they don’t realize the long-term consequences of their actions. most states want to avoid lawsuits so they set limits. some states would rather get rich until some tragic shyt happens and, well, it did happen.

  • iWasteTime

    I was going to ask that as well. I was thinking it snapped or he feel out and broke his neck. Decapitation was the last thing on my mind

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    …yall want some of this funnel cake? Lol!

  • iWasteTime

    You and me both Negro!

  • SummerBaby

    You know it! ? Walking past folks on their way up talking about excuse me, excuse me. ?

  • Ceezus

    Yep!! They have a job responsibility as well. In my opinion, neither one should have been allowed on.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I was sooo embarrassed. I was fine until I saw how confined the seating area was and the bulky harness. It was just too much ?.

  • yoni

    Judging from the pool (no pun) of blood, that won’t just no “snap/break”. :lipquiver:

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    RIP
    God bless his family…
    His brother saw it all. I can’t even imagine :no:

  • yoni

    If you got apples or peaches on it.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I heard decap yesterday but didn’t want to believe it until all news station were reporting it.

    Sad…

  • yoni

    It surely depends on the source.

  • NegroDamus

    I went on 1 roller coaster at Kings Dominion but the hill drops were controlled. I be in the seat praying going up the hill, then something grabs to car and drops it moderately. At that moment I knew i wasnt built for that ish.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yew can’t tell me Nathan when I get on a Tilt-A-Whirl yo!!! ???

    I’ve perfected the spin and me and all the kids be screaming for dear life ????

    That is Enough for me?

  • free

    lolol

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    skrawberries ma’am!
    *mumbles* (picky self)

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I’m screamed through an entire rollercoaster ride. My legs were shaking sooo bad.

  • yoni

    Shit the Merry-Go-Round is my only love. And I won’t even get up on the horse. I just sit in the “nurses pew” (that small bench they have at church) they have on there.

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    Pass me some scrawberry funny cakes!!!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Once I read what this bullshatt did ? :blink:
    Slide, catapulting back up, and back
    ?

  • yoni

    *rolls eyes* I guess I’ll have a lil pinch. *takes HALF*

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    LOL!!! (I would have turned back too though, if I felt panicked :shrug: )
    always follow your gut, and never let a little embarrassment prevent you from doing what you feel is right.
    #OldFolksLessons

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Coaster enthusiast since just about the age Caleb was 🙁

    Rebel Yell. Kings Dominion. My first one. I was about 8. Been hooked every since.

  • NegroDamus

    Right! I am not a controlling person, but when it comes to my life… I am not putting it into the hands of an operator, gravity and potential energy

  • Ceezus

    This story gets more horrific by the minute!

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    girl! my knees were actually knocking and I was walking in a half-circle towards the nearest bench. I know I sat there a good 30 min. folks wre coming by with the ‘that was her crying on the ride’ stare… I didn’t EEM care, TUH.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    typical.
    LMAO!!!

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    here you go Shug!

  • yoni

    :pizza: *wipes powder from around my mouf and points at the other half* You gone eat the rest of that?

  • MissyJ

    Lawd this so sad.

  • SummerBaby

    New post

  • Vonn

    Velcro loses it’s grip & malfunctions, as reported in this story. They don’t have to use metal buckles either.

  • Libra80sBaby

    OMG!! This is horrific! this will for sure cause PTSD for ANYONE who saw this. decapitation?!! LAWD!

  • surprise2012

    You so wrong for that on so many levels. Would you like a comment made like that about your child? SMH-

  • NegroDamus

    tilt a whirl ????

  • NegroDamus

    I feel you, they seem fun but I cant get with it….They make me the designated item holder when we at the park….thee shame ??

  • AG

    My God. Praying for that family

  • NegroDamus

    the horse tew murch for yew huh lmao

  • surprise2012

    100!!!!!!!!!!

  • Incog-knee-gress

    For some reason, the older coasters are safer IMO. I dont do too many of the newer ones. I aint NEVER heard of anyone getting killed on say The Grizzly, or Loch Ness Monster, The Shock Wave, The Beast etc. I could be wrong. Seems like its the newer ones to me are the culprit. So yep. I will take my thrill ride in the 70’s/80s built version. Smdh.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Sad and horrific. Children should not have been aloud on this ride.

  • yoni

    #dangerous

  • NegroDamus

    you mean them wooded ones like the one at carowinds you can see from he road..that does look well built

  • IZumba

    Agree!

  • Dee

    I wouldn’t get on this ride and sure as hell wouldn’t let my child get on it.

  • Dee

    A water park or any park should not have a ride for children to go on that is taller than the empire state building.

  • https://www.wattpad.com/user/aleonhart Annie Leonhart

    that was too evil for words.

  • Pam

    This is so sad. Universal Prayers to the Family.

  • Kilroy

    So sad

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    omg

  • Kilroy

    I second that. What a dumb ass.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    fat ppl rule today

  • Mister Fantastic

    That is craaazy Final Destination type ish. Bless the family, that park is GONE!

  • ramosyo

    I wouldn’t have allowed my 11 yr old on that. I hope it shuts down immediately. That was tragic.

  • surprise2012

    I swear some people have sh – – for brains huh? That comment made me sick to my stomach…

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    just take it!
    *moves off bench and takes all the napkins with me*

  • Pedro

    So sad thing to happen and a bitch making fun of it smmfh

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    LMAO! I used to ride EVERY coaster in that park! I didn’t know any better until my 30’s, smh
    #BigKid

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    ROFL!!
    YAAASSS!!!! tilt-a-whirl!
    that’s about all the thrill-riding I got left in me! LOL!!!

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    Rebel Yell! CLASSIC.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    The Grizzly, or Loch Ness Monster
    ……………………………………….
    now these 2 right here!?? I’d stay on line between these two!!!

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    The Grizzly, or Loch Ness Monster
    ……………………………………….
    now these 2 right here!?? I’d stay on line between these two!!!

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    I am CRINE @nurses pew…. :snot:

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    I am CRINE @nurses pew…. :snot:

  • yoni

    FINE! *licks fingers and what I can’t get off, I’ll rub on my pant leg*

  • yoni

    FINE! *licks fingers and what I can’t get off, I’ll rub on my pant leg*

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    *thinks hard about just leaving you in the park and going home*

  • SG

    Lord have mercy….how awful!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You’re a heartless cVnt!!

  • SG

    He probably won’t be right again. Even after years and years of therapy. God bless him.

  • stav

    Absolutely!

  • eljjai

    come on he was just a kid. since when is it okay to be so blase about innocent kids?

  • Teresa Uriel

    I see I ruffled feathers….it’s cool…I aint mad at yall….when ‘they’ shoot down another Trayvon or Tamir, yall will get upset again…….for now everything has cooled over and everyone has forgotten about the last killings….but hey….black people love to learn the hard way soooo….

    #MisplacedEmotionsIslikeBuildingaHouseWithStrawsInsteadOfBricks

  • eljjai

    That’s true but there are some very durable kinds of plastic being made now. It was probably just a question of cutting costs.

  • hotntot95

    Right ..I’m not riding this death trap esp for the thrill of it…I’m nervous taking flights to go visit my mom…

  • eljjai

    Or just a full men in black style memory eraser. I don’t know how you can ever be okay after something like this happens to your baby.

  • Low E. TUH!

    3 PEOPLE WITH A MINIMUM 400 LB LIMIT? AND IT WAS IN WRITING??? STILL AWFUL BUT DAMN…

  • Christie L.

    Real tears too on this one.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    3 Children Fall 35-45 Feet From Ferris Wheel in Greene County, Tennessee

    https://gma.yahoo.com/3-children-fall-35-45-feet-ferris-wheel-085300061–abc-news-topstories.html#

  • eljjai

    You know Aunt Sandra, you’d be surprised. there’s a spectrum of humanity that thrive on the macabre. This might just get them that kind of crowd.The ride will be unofficially christened with some revolting name that references this sad event and sick people will come from all over the world and leave posting tweets like “I conquered the Decapitator and kept my head.”

  • Low E. TUH!

    THEY RESPONSIVE THO

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Having common decency is never misplaced.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    True.

  • Lovelove

    That was so wrong….?

  • Teresa Uriel

    please tell that to white people joker!

  • eljjai

    I’ve got to ask, how much does it cost to bury people in America? Are there designer coffins or something that takes up so much money. Could someone just do a breakdown of average costs including mortuary stay, funeral parlour services, catering, etc etc. And just help us understand how this money is going to be spent.

  • Starsky Willows

    So sad. Just went to a water park Saturday… Smh

  • Phillybruh

    What does this have to do with the other. This was a terrible tragedy.

  • yoni

    Whale, leave me with the Rose Card for more food. LOL

  • hotntot95

    Exactly. My mind goes to the parents and how they must be feeling so guilty about letting him ride…the part about his head tho..OMG, I’m sick..

  • yoni

    Now you KNOW those lil pews be short as hell……with a cloth draped over it. #reservedlikeamuthafukka

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Just because someone else decides to act inhumane doesn’t give you an excuse to do that to others.

  • hotntot95

    Delete your comment and change your avi…that’s the only thing u can do now…

  • Teresa Uriel

    yeah that’s that docile-dumb martin luther king talk…..kill the blacks…celebrate!….but they better not retaliate

  • NolaD

    that’s down right disgusting of you to say… this innocent child lost his life… and you’re making fun of it…

  • Teresa Uriel

    the whites say…”stand there while I keep slaping you in the face…you better not flinch either…you better march march march march till you cool off and forget about what I did to you”

  • BarbieLenox

    What kind of evil bish is you ?

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  • Teresa Uriel

    so…whenever GOD decides to render justice, I’m gonna have my popcorn in hand…

    #Iwasnttheonewhotooktheboyout…itwasntme

  • JustSayinEP

    They grow very big {i.e. obese} people in the American midwest. Not very difficult to get to that 400 lb limit. How many of the large ones climb all those steps would be the question I’d have to ask………

  • SpiceGirl

    just sad. May he RIP

  • Low E. TUH!

    ?????

  • SG

    We stayed at Kings Dominion when I was a teenager (season pass) Loved the Rebel Yell. We used to ride the backwards and forwards all the time

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I was always a fan of amusement parks until my weight RESTRICTED me from getting on a few rides, then that was the breaking point for me to get some off. Never would I have thought in a million years would you need to have a minimum weight to ride. It has always been the maximum. Prayers up for the lil boy.

  • yoni

    With communion juice still in the bottles. LOL

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    ROFL!

  • Full Monty

    Come on dude that is a child. Are you that inhumane.

  • Full Monty

    I made the mistake of getting on a ride with my daughter when she was around that age. I had to hold the child down for dear life. My kid said get me off this and tried to lift the handle bar in mid air. You always have to be with them on rides.

  • Lisa daniels

    So they built this this ride knowing that their math was f up from the beginning, what hell did these so call engineers get their degrees at? I

  • Lisa daniels

    I’m grown and I won’t ride it. Damn sure wouldn’t let a child ride it.

  • Alisa

    I remember going to Kings Dominion & Bush Gardens don’t remember which had the Rebel Yell & The Anaconda but I always had a fear of falling out or the bars failing. I remember the force and how it felt like the bar would give a little. This ride had dangerous on it from the get. The math/science just does make sense.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    It was a damn kid.

    What did he do to deserve death?
    You need help and a heart.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So you’re going to sink to their level?

    I guess the next time a white person commits suicide you’re going to do the same?

    Besides sounding ignorant you sound very foolish.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    And you live in your own pathetic world of hate.

    Enjoy!!

  • Diamond

    Bitch you’re trifling for that. Ashy ho3

  • Molly Church

    Anytime a two page disclosure has 2 be read before taking the ride should jolt your senses as A Adult?. Not 2 mention allowing your child 2 play Russian Roulette with life.?

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    I would have lost my ENTIRE Shyt on that ride.. if I saw it I would have kilt ovah…

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Just so sad…….I’d be no good if I was his parents or witnessed it. Just prayers for them.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Also 2 earlier riders said the front seatbelt(or whatever it’s called) wasn’t working properly…

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    EYE YAM like a kid in the summer WhenEverrrr I see small carnivals here and there!

    The kids be like :facepalm: but then be screaming bloody murder for me to stop spinning that TAWhirl?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The ride is only 17 stories.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    So they each had to be 133.3 lbs each IN ORDER TO BE SAFE? ?

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    How terrible for his brother to witness. The father who is a politician and the mom were in the park with two other brother of the young boy. They all need prayers but the one saw that horrific scene needs extra love and prayers.

  • alissonraw

    Well yes there are designer (read- customized) caskets . I have known most funerals to be no more than 8 grand since a lot of the services are included in the price. It’s still all inflated prices, especially the flowers…just like weddings. Never seen one catered, more like family potluck.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    ITA. Most lawmakers put money and greed over safety.

  • 88

    Tragic situation but I have no sympathy for Esau.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!
  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Exactly. If the children aren’t with their parents they should not be allowed on the ride. An adult has to give consent for them to ride an extreme water slide.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Or two could be 200 pounds each.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Someone said there were 3 people.

    Either way, sad story…

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It wasn’t an engineer who designed the ride. The park’s owner designed the ride. Can you believe it? That’s why he built the park in Kansas, where he knew he could line the pockets of lawmakers who didn’t regulate big business.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    There were 2 women and the boy in the raft. But I mean 2 people can ride the raft alone. It seats 3 but 2 people can ride if they are over the weight minimum.

  • country57

    Very ignorant comment

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I.K.r………that poor little boy

  • yoni

    Why my hair look like that RIGHT NOW! I’m going home an wash it and slap a long dumb piece of hair on it. LOL

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Ok agreed.

    Did they state the women’s weight? The child doesn’t look to be over 90 lbs.

  • AriesSun

    Your comment makes you seem inhumane…The kid was looking to have fun,not lose his life.

  • Karma WhO

    seriously heartbreaking..this couldve been anyones child…rip baby boy!

  • Baron

    Am I supposed to care about this shyt?! While my ppl are being slaughtered?! Shyyyyyyyyyyyt

  • more

    That is a fawking kid you piece of trash

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    First thing I thought as well. I need my rollercoasters attached to track…

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    I used to be pressed to ride rides before I was tall enough…

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    I used to like the big ships. And the zero gravity thing that spins around. And your back be stuck to the wall.

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    The wood across the top on The Grizzly was close. I put my hands down.

  • Mystery User

    I know I’m late to the party but I mentioned this yesterday…the slide ws engineered dangerously, and should not have been operating.
    A lady on FB posed her husbands injuries after riding on the slide some time ago. Also the Velcro comes off of everyone by the end of the ride…
    The women riding with him did sustain injuries as well – This was death waiting to happen.
    Sorry for the family – but this would have never happened to my kids – I wouldn’t have let them get on a ride like this to begin with. Was thinking about going to Schlitterbahn/KC for labor day but HELL TO THE NAW NAW NOW.

  • sunni_daze

    And 2 little girls fell from a ferris wheel the same weekend, when the cars got stuck together.

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  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    I remember by the time I was tall enough to ride Shockwave, it was played out.

    Outer Limits was “the ride” when I was coming up. That caught me off guard.

  • Mystery User

    You will be too busy going to the hellfire, while you sitting around on Sandrarose.com judging people! GTFOH

  • Ms..N

    Sad when people make heartless comments about children.

  • Mystery User

    It’s quite possible that his head may not have totally come off, but he was cut so severely that his spinal cord was severed. In that case it is considered a decapitation and an injury to the neck.
    In any case, if th word gruesome is mentioned, it’s the worst of the worst….

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    That’s it! that #$&*%#! shockwave! that was the first (and last) stand-up coaster I ever rode!
    talk about knocking on heaven’s door, smh

  • ebonics

    All you do is spew hatred for others on this blog, and somehow, in your deluded mind, your father God is OK with that? You know, one day (very very soon), judgement day is coming and you will have to answer to Yah just like everyone else. So I suggest you watch what you say/type. God bless you hateful!

  • ebonics

    RIP to that innocent soul. So sad, I cant even imagine .. sigh

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Yeah, the Batman at Six Flags took Shockwave to another level.

  • sukie

    Wow!!!! A child lost his life you dumb bitch!!!! What a trifling, inhumane ignorant thing to say you sack of shit!!!!!

  • Lisa daniels

    So what you are saying is any idiot with a little bit of money can go to Kansas and build a death trap? SMH.

  • Mary Alice Sandridge

    That’s horrible to say!!

  • Mary Alice Sandridge

    It’s so sad and horrific. I can’t even imagine what he went through. Why did his parents let him ride alone? I never would let my child ride something like that and if there was the slightest chance I would his father would be with him. That poor family and his brother had to see him. So sad

  • O.O

    I was thinking that the park would probably close down after this . No?

  • I aint the one

    Why did his brother have to witness this? ? It’s going to haunt that poor baby for the rest of his life.

  • I aint the one

    Look at baby Blue in your gravi ?

  • That’s Interesting

    Wow. That is really really awful. Unimaginable?

  • TheMove

    And I guess you’re about to get the one that you were seeking by getting cursed out on this blog. Just wait until something bad happens to your insensitive monkey ass and we’ll see how you sleep at night.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Horrible. It’s goes up to 65MPH AND jumps in the air off the tracks? No effin way. Condolences to their family. Such a tragedy.

  • T3

    Wow! I can’t imagine seeing this happen to anybody. This is so so sad. Such a freak accident. Prayers for the family. Damn!

  • Queen B

    Old ass ignorant heaux ?

  • Queen B

    ? so sad RIP little boy i wud b terrified if i witness sum shît like that. Im sure those women in the raft can sue too ?

  • MsJosie667

    Yeah they should have a warning stating, “this ride may cause death or serious injury” just saying this is a dangerous invention.

  • MsJosie667

    This was a very tragic event, why even make rides like these I wouldnt let my child nor myself ride this death machine.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    I’ll never know….
    #grounded4life

  • Michelle

    You can look at it and see you might die. Look at that thing….

  • che’lint

    That doesn’t even look like a carnival ride..wth ???

  • GuestSTAR

    Someone always has to get killed before they realize, ‘O This Here Ain’t Safe’…….SMH.

  • Melissa Thompson

    Wtf…karma will get you for that comment…evil

  • akuakokoblogspotcom

    Lol I can’t ?? I hope she was just being extra

  • kekeb

    Jesus!

  • NovemberFling

    I’m sure it wasn’t. She was only pointing out the truth about politicians as a whole.

  • PhillyFacts

    Funny we just left Kings Dominion two weeks ago. I rode “na’ then” got in the two wave pools, did the lazy river and was str8. My teens got on everything moving I had heart palpitations from the ground. I got more thrills at Gforce in Richmond paintballing that Friday. Unless Jesus come sit next to me on a roller coaster I’m not getting on. We had a nice time that was a great trip wonderful family park.

  • PhillyFacts

    Right “only 17 stories” she play too much ?????????

  • PhillyFacts

    Right “only 17 stories” she play too much ?????????

  • Ed.

    That’s just truly horrific ! :-/ At least I hope the boy didn’t suffer 🙁

  • Megbabe

    No no you are also confused! I’ll make this simple…the slide is 17 stories… Everyone u understanding so far? The Empire State Building is 103.
    SO when I said I hope she was being extra I was addressing Dee!
    Class dismissed.
    * Bites Apple

  • Megbabe

    Sandra I can’t with these comments! ??????

  • Jessica

    I detest the approach of this writer . Sensationalizing anything , especially a child’s death is disgusting. The details of the scene, which can contribute to traumatizing readers, are not necessary to the general public. Most of all the fact that they have the nerve to bring up his father’s voting record as if to say he contributed to this tragedy by voting for lax restrictions on big business. I hope no one else reads this article . We are all much more productive in spending time in prayer for this family and the safety of amusement parks over seeking more and more information about such a tragedy.

  • yoni

    Did you see all the blood? It looks like he had a case of the Nicole Brown Simpson. Decapitated to me sounds like his head was cut off or hanging by a damn thread. Neck injury to me sounds like a neck brace, take two Advil’s and go lay down somewhere.

  • yoni

    And one broke one year at our lil county fair and a few friends of mine were hurt badly. Broken legs and all.

  • Miany

    That brother who had to experience it….just tragic. It brings tears to my eyes just imagining those screams.

  • Sheyonce

    Omg…this is so sad. On top of the boy losing his life, imaging what his brother and the 2 women riding with him have to deal with as well having witnessed this. Just sad all around…

  • kimi_SFC

    Apparently it does have such a warning:
    AP first-person account of riding world’s tallest waterslide
    “Among the warnings delivered to riders before they start their ascent is that one of the possible hazards of going down the waterslide is … death.”
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d8a47a971ea14c76a10fc75df3133cfd/ap-first-person-account-riding-worlds-tallest-waterslide?platform=hootsuite
    !!!

  • kimi_SFC

    @SandraRose:
    Tweet from @fox4kc
    A limited portion of @Schlitterbahn will open for guests at noon on Wed. Verrückt will not re-open for the remainder of the season
    http://twitter.com/fox4kc/status/763129434186612737
    ?

  • Xsjado

    Such a sad situation. This ish isn’t funny. You going to heil for that comment. Just wrong on so many levels.

  • PhillyFacts

    Oh I thought Sandy being facetious, like 17 stories is light knowing the ES building was higher. I found humor in my interpretation and thought you read it the same way. Take little bites please don’t choke on ya apple, it’s not that deep. Have a blessed day!

  • thumbres

    Which these places are allowed to do because of lax regulations. It’s sad that we need them but we really do because most businesses will choose saving $$ over doing the right thing if given the option.

  • Mitchell Webb

    You stupid POS…. That’s someones 10 year old CHILD!!!! I wish I could backhand your dumbass for having the audacity to say something like that.. prayers for the family and everyone involved in this tragedy…

  • Pamela Kay Leverenz

    an awful comment~heartless person~wth

  • Pamela Kay Leverenz

    what a horrible comment T.U. your day may come~we all learn lessons, sometimes the hard way

  • Gabriel Graham

    Should have been you on that slide Teresa. One less ignorant waste of space like you would do the world good. Apparently you don’t have kids and should NEVER be allowed to. Dumb ass comment.

  • SuperTroll

    It is not nearly as tall as the Empire State Building. You may have seen reports that it is taller than the Statue Of Liberty which is apparently true.

  • SuperTroll

    When people are willing to pay a lot of money to ride on the most exciting, thrilling rides they can find, businesses will keep building more exciting, thrilling rides until someone dies. Thankfully I am afraid of heights so I will never ride a hot-air balloon, bungee-jump, parachute, ride crazy roller coasters, or insane water-slides. I will ride some mild water-slides and have never had a problem. The water-slides I get on would never decapitate me.

  • tMoD

    Wow, excellent article. A little too gruesome but I will be honest I wanted to understand how this happened.

  • tMoD

    Wow, excellent article. A little too gruesome but I will be honest I wanted to understand how this happened.

  • Sensemaker

    You have been watching too many Trump speeches you heartless P.O.S.

  • Pat

    Very sad – my heart goes out to the family.

  • Pat

    Very sad – my heart goes out to the family.

  • Dolphin Daze

    Go ahead and set yourself on fire because you will burn in Hell for eternity.

  • kaz_19

    your a bitch, really? i hope karma bites you in the ass hard…. just so evil

  • Bernard Slobodnik

    So who wrote this article? I mean they really need to be taken to the woodshed for this one. I don’t care what a person’s political view is you do not insinuate that in some way they are responsible because they did not vote to restrict big business. When it is a tragedy like this have respect for the victims. If you disagree with them on their vote or policy then fine but don’t go to the gutter when their child is killed.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    No one is blaming the father. But the fact is the park owner chose Kansas City due to the state’s lax regulations. If the lawmakers cared more about public safety than money, young Caleb would probably be alive today.

  • Anne

    To the blogger, Sandra Rose: bringing up the father’s voting record, as if to imply he was somehow partially responsible for the tragic death of his own son, is irresponsible, unprofessional and downright cruel. I urge you to take the high ground, remove that section from the post, and take a moment to offer a thought or prayer for this devastated family instead of planting seeds of suspicion.

  • Amy Decker

    You’re a sad little person

  • Mitchell Brown

    Did you ever see the comments sections when its a story about the Obama kids? You’d know then that its been “ok” for about 7 1/2 years.

  • http://www.teccomic.com/ Kristy M (TEC)

    There’s velcro straps because it is a water ride. If the raft were to flip in the splashdown pool, it needs a quick release restraint to free riders before they potentially drown.

  • Kevin Bailey

    Why did you have to make it political, by taking a swipe at the little boy’s dad? What an awful thing to do.

  • Panic.exe

    Oh calm down… It’s nothing to lose your HEAD over! bahahahahah!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Some of these rides are so dangerous! This is horrific!!! The kid gets decapitated???? Rides like this should be banned. Amusement parks are supposed to be fun not death traps.

  • Jeania pruehs

    On how heartless are you it’s people like you that make this world the way it is, shame on u

  • Jeania pruehs

    What the he’ll is wrong with you, how dare you say at. You are so wrong

  • KB

    ???

  • DCSDparent

    This is just horrifying. Prayers for the family, and all who witnessed this tragedy. I hope it happened quickly and Caleb didn’t experience too much pain or fear.
    ??????

  • Athena Valverde

    You should be so ashamed of yourself Teresa. I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes when Karma strikes you. And believe me, it will.

  • Stephanie Nelson

    Oh, what a heart breaking story! My sympathy to all, the little boy’s family, the other riders in the raft, everyone involved. What a terrible tragedy for all concerned. And why would anyone be so crass and cruel as to bring up politics in this, to imply the child’s father might have been partly responsible by his vote! What is wrong with people that they can’t just see how horrific this is and ask for peace for the grieving family?

  • Liberalism is Hedonism

    get out of here with that racist whining.

  • Sam

    Are you really comparing Obama’s children being publicly scrutinized to a 10 year old boy being decapitated? Really……really just sit there and think to yourself if that sounds acceptable.

  • http://bzirkworld.com/ bzirkone

    You absolute piece of filth. What a sad thing that you must use this horror show to promote your idiotic blog.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Please reply directly to the person you’re referring to. For a minute there I thought you were referring to me.

  • http://bzirkworld.com/ bzirkone

    Okay. SandraRose, you absolute piece of filth. What a sad thing that you must use this horror show to promote your idiotic blog.

  • Alex McKelvy

    Don’t lose your head about it.

  • cosmopolite

    Had the restraints been similar to those used in motorsport cars (with stainless steel buckles), this would not have happened. If the family opts to sue, I predict that it will win. And winning could put this park out of business.

  • Charlene Lee

    Seriously

  • Lisa Claerhout Wolters

    Politics have no damn place in this story.

  • Charlene Lee

    Alex’s comment was twice as bad. Wtf is wrong with u. Karma bitches!!!

  • Renee Brosseau-Trembly

    Are you serious with that comment!? As a Mother, and Grandmother that is so over the top insensitive…I could spit nails. These poor people just lost their Son, and his poor brother had to see it. What do you suppose that poor kid is going to go through the rest of his life, because of this tradgedy?! Shame on you, grow the hell up, and learn some respect for others, will you?

  • Renee Brosseau-Trembly

    That’s what’s known as gut instinct. Listen to it. It may well save your life someday.

  • David P. Bresett

    Karma was at work here. Rep Schwab was partially to blame by deregulating to the point that caused a death.

  • Kelly Ford Adkins

    i cant believe you would write that Teresa Uriel. He was a young boy who believed the ride was safe. Shame on you!!!

  • http://bzirkworld.com/ bzirkone

    This hack knows absolutely nothing about what happened. They’ve pieced together random gossip and made up the rest. They can barely spell, much less “report” accurate information. Remember, this is a personal blog–not a news site.

  • Anne

    There is a lot more to this story than this sensationalist blogger knows about. Anyone accusing the boy’s father of being partially responsible without knowing all the facts is despicable.

  • Lori Baier-Richardson

    A decent funeral cost between 12 and 15 thousand, and im sure the family ( parents) will be taking some much needed timenoff from work to grieve, spend timenwith their other 3 sons and get some counseling for the family…So that money will e well used im sure…

  • Lori Baier-Richardson

    Well my 19yr old brothers funeral cost a little over 12 grand

  • Anne

    You do not have all the facts so keep your insinuations to yourself. It’s not your place to assign blame. Let the family grieve and keep your political opinions to yourself on this one.

  • alissonraw

    So sorry to hear that. Sending you love ?. I didn’t count in inflation or regional cost differences.

  • Tim Conway

    HAHAHAH

  • Carl Welter

    If anyone ever tells you we don’t need a nanny state, remind them of this incident.

  • Dave2Ga

    They will be sued out of existence, as they should be. Now where are those who hate lawyers and the law??

  • Dor Bry

    You guys think that just because hes a kid, its okay that hes dead?I am a 12 years old boy and i cant believe people are saying THAT. that would be the scariest thing. and i feel really bad for Caleb and his family. Goodbye

  • Dor Bry

    I just heard all of the details today :/

  • Soon2BWife

    This was like reading s horror story. That slide was designed wrong and instead of scrapping their design, they did patch work, wtf? Totally negligent but I wonder if they signed a release before they rode the slide.

  • http://bzirkworld.com/ bzirkone

    This whole blog is despicable. As if this hack has even the foggiest idea about legislation in Kansas.

  • http://bzirkworld.com/ bzirkone

    wtf are you talking about? Rep. Schwab deregulated nothing.

  • Kelley

    Stop right there. Why are you giving this Teresa person so much attention? She’s a nasty person. That’s clear. See how no one is commenting on the story here, but just talking about a despicable comment made.

    I pray for the family and everyone involved at the park that day. What a traumatizing ordeal. I hope they tear the damn slide down, it was dangerous before it even opened.

  • Juli

    He shouldn’t have gone ahead

  • cyran

    because they’re black, their plight is worse. Don’t ever question that.

    And I’m not sure this was a thrill, but… if it’s any saving grace, I’d assume the death was nearly painless or so quick to not torture the kid.

  • DuckingGold

    Hope his father enjoys that deregulation the right wing morons are so fond of.

  • http://WatchBritishTV.com/ Gary Carlyle Cook

    this is so badly written. its like its written just for SEO.

  • http://WatchBritishTV.com/ Gary Carlyle Cook

    cant blame lack of regulations for this. it was a stupid thing to build. and only an idiot would let kids on to it.

  • http://WatchBritishTV.com/ Gary Carlyle Cook

    Hillary is no better.

  • Mary Kruta

    I know the pain of losing a child and all of you with your nasty comments i pray you never have to face something like this because you have no idea until you have walked through it. Why don’t you try a little compassion!!!!!!!

  • Michelle C

    Are you for real??? How would you have felt if this was your kid?

  • Jack Coyote

    They have footage of test runs that show the raft flying off the slide. Getting 3 people who weigh a combined 400 lbs, assume two young women at 125 lbs the kid had to weigh what maybe 100 soaking wet? That’s 325 total. Water jets to accelerate the ride? And then installing metal hoops just above their heads along the ride? The whole thing stinks and someone should convene a grand jury today.

  • Jack Coyote

    They have footage of test runs that show the raft flying off the slide. Getting 3 people who weigh a combined 400 lbs, assume two young women at 125 lbs the kid had to weigh what maybe 100 soaking wet? That’s 325 total. Water jets to accelerate the ride? And then installing metal hoops just above their heads along the ride? The whole thing stinks and someone should convene a grand jury today.

  • http://bzirkworld.com/ bzirkone

    Okay. SandraRose, You absolute piece of filth. What a sad thing that you must use this horror show to promote your idiotic blog.

  • Bill Kleinsturn

    “At 65 mph, Caleb’s head was decapitated above the shoulders.”

    As opposed to “decapitated below the shoulders.”

    You’re correct.

    This site is run by hacks. I won’t be returning to it.

  • Bill Kleinsturn

    Yeah, and that’s the only other option. /sarc

    Never heard of stainless steel, I guess? Or Glocks?

    You’re a silly little gruber hack. lol

  • Bill Kleinsturn

    Someone who never ran a long-term, profitable business comprised of loyal customers wrote:

    “…because most businesses will choose saving $$ over doing the right thing if given the option.”

    Most failed businesses.

    Most dishonest businesses.

    There, fixed it for you. Even gave you a choice.

  • Bill

    I got tears reading this just imagining what it would be like. Your comment is so hurtful in so many ways. How the “beep” can you say this when a 10 year boy lost his life is this unimaginable tragedy. I couldn’t imagine what his brother is dealing with as witnessing this. My prayers go out to the family and friends.

  • Bill

    That sad part is 8 people liked it. I just want to scream at them. My anxiety is so high now as people can be like that.

  • Bill Kleinsturn

    Remember that the next time a hack like you posts a story about how evil police are–you know, those people who have to see accident scene after accident scene every day, and most of them a lot worse than this, and not always after everyone has died. Many police as first responders arrive and have to comfort someone in an accident whom they know is going to die in a few minutes.

    Could you do that job, hack?

    Nah, you’re just a hack, stealing other sites’ stories and passing them off as your own “journalism.” LMAO!

    (BTW, love you how use a new paragraph for nearly every sentence in your articles. LOL)

  • Bill

    I never use the “C” word, but she is well deserving of it.

  • 12345678910

    Wow people are really losing their heads . Over your comment

  • Heather McBride

    You are an ugly person. He was probably nervous and didn’t want to go on it in the first place. Ten bucks says you probably do drugs. To achieve a “thrill”. Don’t put that shit on an innocent baby.

  • Heather McBride

    Your going to die some day. That is not a threat. That is a promise.

  • Heather McBride

    He’s in heaven right now. So he doesn’t have to be here on this disgusting planet with hideous people. The only people even allowed to Comment would be his family and the people who love and knew him.

  • Heather McBride

    I’ll see you on the flip side little man xoxo

  • Kizuro

    Make that 9 people with me

  • Kizuro

    Seeing all the hate comment below is so amusing

  • JAH

    This comment is wrong on so many levels. Unfortunately there are those who make it into the gene pool that only show how big of a douchebag cunt they can be. You are one of them. Maybe you’re just an attention whore and this is the only way to get what you want. Karma is a bitch and she will make you pay for this rude ass, unsympathetic comment. It may not be now, or next week, or next month, or even this year. When shit starts going bad for you, you can relish in the fact that you brought it upon yourself.

  • satellite311

    WTF is wrong with you?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stephenstempo

    This was totally the platform to make that incredibly well thought out and reasoned assessment too. Pulitzer incoming.

  • stephenstempo

    Sources, now.

  • stephenstempo

    source that now.

  • stephenstempo

    ok well he did? no response?

  • stephenstempo

    ok go on.

  • stephenstempo

    sandra doesn’t reply to criticism she can’t understand apparently.

  • C Schaan

    You are disgusting for saying such a thing.

  • Michele Paton

    How incredibly sad and horrfic. RIP wee man x

  • Michele Paton

    How incredibly sad and horrfic. RIP wee man x

  • Pamela Murillo

    Teresa Uriel. You should feel ashamed of yourself. you are a terrible person. yes you are. what are thinking… talking about that poor child like that? I mean it. why would you say such a thing?

  • Pamela Murillo

    asshole.

  • C Schaan

    horrible that anyone would like that comment.

  • Yer Hopeness

    Wow douche

  • yofamwattup

    lol

  • Spring

    lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yofamwattup

    karma dont exist fam

  • yofamwattup

    its just a joke

  • Phil Williams

    i’m pretty sure he wasn’t seeking death.so he didn’t get what he wanted you sick perv

  • Phil Williams

    so you liked the kid dying??are you a luciferian or what?>>>>>

  • Kizuro

    Pretty neutral bout the kid dying, Human died everyday, so my reaction to this is pretty much “meh”. I find it amusing though how ONE people word could trigger the entire people to hate speech him. So much amusing

  • Phil Williams

    not funny dude you are no better than her.

  • Phil Williams

    you are no better than her either you satanist

  • Kizuro

    Well, thank you for your kind compliment

  • Karin

    Shame on you

  • Angi Meins

    Prayers for this boy’s family. My heart goes out to his brothers as well as his parents…especially his older brother who witnessed this. I pray they may someday find peace. I am still in shock. As for the “rude comments”, they aren’t really necessary. This family has more to deal with than imaginable. Again, prayers…..

  • Mariah Miracle

    This is so sad. That little boy didn’t deserve this, he was just having some last minute Summer fun at an amusement park, now he’s dead. I hope they make them take that ride down.

  • Mark

    OBVIOUSLY, this troll posts things like this to get a reaction. Ignore it, and it will get tired and go somewhere else. Tragic story about a little boy’s demise. Prayers to his family. I couldn’t fathom what was going on
    in their minds that day.

  • You Mad

    no shit hes going to die, we all are gonna die

  • Auditor

    Sounds like an offering killing…”Numerous elected officials and their families were in the park when the tragedy happened.” Somebody offered their kid for something major…

  • Will

    That comment was so very wrong, you have used up your supply of wrong for the rest of your life.

  • Matt Ashmore

    Is English your second language or are you just a dumbass?

  • Burnt Meatballs

    When will your day to die come?

  • CherMoe

    So terribly sad this little boy lost his life BECAUSE OF HIS FATHER voting to virtually take away regulations on these parks. HIS OWN FATHER. Maybe laws will change. The only time Republicans change laws for the GOOD of ALL the people is if something terrible happens to their own family. It’s beyond horrible this little boy lost his life because of his father’s political leanings and his donors that own him.

  • http://Imagineerie.com Imagineerie

    Yeah, that’s “safe dangerous” alright. I wonder what the poor kid’s father thinks of regulations now?

  • Kristina Dummermuth

    OH MY GOSH.. You are the COLDEST MOST HORRIBLE PERSON EVER… A poor 10 year old died because of this. I hope you find a way to GROW A HEART!!!!!

  • Jeanne Sullivan Gill

    Why do the horrific, gruesome details have to be thrown around like this? It isn’t awful enough that a little kid died???

  • Jeanne Sullivan Gill

    GEEZUZ, this has nothing to do with politics or big business!! A little kid DIED. Can’t anybody pull their head out of their ass long enough and drop their own agenda to feel a little compassion for somebody else??

  • Jeanne Sullivan Gill

    Amen!

  • Jeanne Sullivan Gill

    Really? I am??

  • Jeanne Sullivan Gill

    What is wrong with people??

  • Jeanne Sullivan Gill

    Ditto! This woman should have her fingers super glued to her lips! She is an insensitive, irrelevant waste of oxygen.

  • backwoodscoountrygirl

    That is so wrong. 🙁

  • Jenna Palte

    You’re an asshole.

  • Jack

    I think he did launch upward and hit the net. But it was the raft’s momentum that pinned him upward and trapped him. Thus as the raft went downward . The body hit the passengers . His neck broke and cause an internal decapitation or torn enough. But the body including the head remained partially intact to pass the raft and go down the slide. It was insetanious neck broken do it was quick . So he died quickly.

  • El_Tigre_Loco

    This article or the ride is wrong on so many levels. “They don’t want the front of the raft to lift” so you put the heaviest person in front, not the lightest. The 400 pound weight requirement is bogus. It doesn’t make any difference how much the passengers weigh, the physics controls the action of the raft. The heavier the load, the faster it will go. Maybe they need the weight to keep the raft down in the water at the bottom for braking…

  • El_Tigre_Loco

    A promise? Are you going to have something to do with it? I think you mean a fact.

  • Toinette

    Have some respect, this child lost his life. Have some compassion his parents and family grieving after being at an amusement park.

  • El_Tigre_Loco

    People look for thrills. Unfortunately thrills come with danger. It is the lookout of the ride’s designers and owners to assure that it is safe. This one is inherently unsafe, strangely enough at the second hill, not the big one.

  • Jack

    Seems the strap malfunctioned . He wasn’t strong enough or couldn’t stay or hold the sides . It wasn’t the raft.

  • Kizuro

    The first one was right. And your point is?

  • Speak Life

    …and you are obviously an insecure attention seeker. Do you feel better now that you’ve received it? Prayers and comfort for this family who are mourning a tragic loss. Why don’t you do something productive with your oxygen.

  • Courteney

    They’re under investigation of another accident. This is humanly UNACCEPTABLE.

  • Greg Howard

    hey it geg

  • American GunNut

    Oh boo hoo, cops have to do things that are part of their job, that they willingly took. Boooohoooooo. Those poor cops, but you’re so right, we shouldn’t simply worship them as The Heroes they are, we should worship them as Gods!

  • Jay Evens

    You must be part of BLM

  • Jay Evens

    2nd was right as well, be honest

  • JoyousMN

    Not a single reputable news site is reporting that the child’s head was severed completely from the body–the way they report it it sounds like an internal decapitation where then tendons and muscles break but the head remaims attached. Gruesome either way, but it seems like you are spreading rumors. I will believe that his head was separated from his torso when it’s reported on a news site, until then you should think twice about posting this as fact.

  • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

    “The boys’ father, State Rep. Schwab, consistently voted against regulating big businesses.” Oh, the irony. Hopefully he thinks other people saving a buck was worth his kids life.

  • B.Loveitt

    Don’t think she meant that one bit, they DID NOT COMPARE SITUATIONS. What she did do was let the person know who said:
    “Come on he was just a kid. since when is it okay to be so blase about innocent kids?”

    That people don’t give a damn about kids, if they can say the shyt they say about 1st children, such as whore, shut. ghetto etc why be surprised that some phuckin idiots have no respect for even more serious things about kids. Don’t try and give a excuse to some shyt head. Come on now we live in a country where more than many care more about a damn dog before a human.

    Comprehension is key…don’t make the comment into something it wasn’t.

    Cheers..

  • B.Loveitt

    Hilary knows at this point in the game to not say dumb shyt like this.

  • B.Loveitt

    Yes it does. You get back what you put out, even if that means someone they care about dies in a freak accident, You’ll receive that energy back
    If you’re lucky enough to live through it Karma’s brother Hindsight 20/20 will arrive with her just to say:

    “I bet you don’t do do that shyt again.”

  • B.Loveitt

    Every heard insensitive, too soon, are you that daft and does that person up top simply don’t get by no means is this a jokey situation this soon. We know they tried to be funny but it wasn’t not in the least bit.

  • Kizuro

    In what way do I act that proof my “dumbass” quirk?

  • Heather McBride

    The point is you just wanna feel heard and feel correct for being low.

  • Heather McBride

    “Yes” I’m going to have something to do with that. Your simply trying to defend an asshole. And no. I promise one day he will die. We will all die. At one time or another. ?

  • Heather McBride

    Wow. You must be like. A ….genius or something….

  • Heather McBride

    I’ll let you know

  • Heather McBride

    Most defiantly they sit there in their personalities failure. Hoping some other failures will enjoy their ugly heart. Missery loves Company.

  • Heather McBride

    Is pronounced proove. In which way did you, Proove your a dumbass.

  • Heather McBride

    No one taught them if you do not have anything nice to say. To shut their mouths. Especially when it does not apply to them. But to a baby.

  • A-way29

    Sacrifice

  • Jake Ivy

    *you’re
    As in you are a dumbass

  • Kizuro

    “Much English” I must say, and having a different kind of perspective regarding human life and death is considered dumbass right now huh, Who knows?

  • Tony Lujan

    Ding Ding Ding The most retarded comment of the day goes to–> Treresa

  • Tony Lujan

    the second one was as well. I noticed this right away

  • Brock

    Gee, aren’t you edgy, joking about an innocent child’s gruesome death. Go you.

  • Kerrie McLoughlin

    I have never heard where the dad was when this happened. I heard that the brother said his mom was elsewhere in the park (I presume maybe in a baby pool with the 2 youngest brothers?) and maybe the dad was with her? I am not judging the parents because things happen all the time … I would not send a 10 and 12 yo boy around a park like that alone, especially seeing how they got separated anyway.

  • DeeDee

    this article pisses me off. This waterslide is not considered a BIG BUSINESS. These punk writers are using a child’s death for political gain.

  • Sensemaker

    Yes, yes she is.

  • Tracy Marshall Hutchins

    How horrifying for every single person involved. So, so sorry.

  • MS

    I hope all those kick backs his father was getting to look the other way were worth the ultimate price he paid for them… I feel most sorry for the two women in the raft and the brother who had a front row seat for this horrific event!

  • Ginger

    You people in your response to Sandrarose show how hateful YOU are with your name calling. She is allowed to state her opinion, even if it does step on someone’s toes.

  • Ginger

    Signing a release does not keep the person responsible for the harm from being sued. They can still be sued and lose.

  • Ginger

    You are heartless with your language and name calling.

  • Ginger

    She doesn’t need to respond to criticism. She has already said what she wanted to say.

  • Ginger

    Great vocabulary you have

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks hun. ?

  • ellen hall

    Karma is a bitch @TeresaUriel…I hope you burn for that comment bitch!!!

  • Hello86

    This is some final destination stuff right here. How bizarre. His brother will be haunted for life.

  • Samantha Bell

    What does a child dying have to do with being luciferian ?

  • sanjivb

    It’s a horrific story, so let’s pray for the family. Because prayers work. But let’s not go crazy and burden water rides with additional regulations and red tape. We all know that regulations kill business in America. Let the free market take care of it. If your child gets decapitated on one ride, then take your business elsewhere. (Republican logic.)

  • AndYouDontKnow

    ????…. ? That was clever, but wrong.

  • lswilk

    many prayers for this family. The years to come will be so very hard. This is every parents nightmare.

  • La Ghost

    Sad and horrifying. If they knew had so many issues they should have never opened it in the first place

  • Limnir

    It’s prove, not proove.

  • BlueBill

    *you’re

  • Fawn Grier

    Heartless.

  • holycow

    This article (and I read many since Caleb’s death on this ride) is very good. I am not sure it is totally factual about the reason for the accident as no mention of the seatbelt and chestbelt securing the boy having come loose appear and the weight of the passengers it turns out was erroneous per the hospital weigh-in of the 2 women passengers when they were admitted, along with the remains of Caleb, proving to be much more. Although this article reports that the ride weighs each passenger for even distribution, obviously the initial report readouts were wrong on the weight of the women. It is amazing that a 275 lb. woman can walk up the staircase which is a 10 floor walk to take the ride down on the rubber raft. One also wonders why the ride did not use the traditional track that holds the cars to a rail, securing it from flying off the ride. After all there is no water involved until the 2nd rise of the 2nd hill and last that reports jets of water were installed to push the raft up the 2nd hill’s incline to get the raft to come over the last hill to the slide below to the pool. One would not need water at all in this ride, if rails were installed and could have saved the owner a lot of money, if rails could support that much weight going down that high of an incline.
    I bet the investigation will show that the velcrox belt (which wears over use and weather conditions, especially when water is applied to it to the hook and loop material) was faulty and the extreme rider’s weight at the end of the raft (275 lb. woman was placed there) caused the raft to see-saw when the jets hit it to propel it upward over the 2nd rise and little Caleb propelled into the netting hoop that caused the guillotine-like action against his small body.
    After the litigation is done on this fatal accident, the waterslide and park will be bankrupt, if not held criminally responsible as well for the condition of the velcrox belt, which witnesses have testified were faulty on other riders in the front seat of rafts. It is ironic that the son’s father voted against regulating big business and now the fruit of his labor as a leader in the State has come back to haunt him. Perhaps it will make other leaders in our country look at the consequences of their votes when it comes to public safety.
    May Caleb rest in rest now, and his family find justice for their loss, as well as peace soon.

  • holycow

    Tragedy makes bitter individuals uncomfortable … instead of examining why they are bitter about life, and make better choices to improve the possibility of happiness in their own lives, they thrash out every which way at those who can express love for others and sympathy. A lesson such people have yet to learn is that “sarcasm is the refuge of scoundrels” and the compassion they show others is in direct relationship to the compassion that will be shown to them, when tragedy strikes their lives.

  • Sensemaker

    The hell she isn’t. Does she go around feeling entitled to grab men by the balls?

  • Jennifer Larivee

    What a disrespectful thing to say! How would you like a comment like that made about your child? You need to gain respect for other people!!

  • Jennifer Larivee

    You’re such a jerk!!! How could you say something like that about Caleb?? Gain some respect you asshole

  • Kim Graves

    “like” means you want to follow the story or article NOT THAT YOU LIKE WHAT HAPPENED UGH

  • Ribb Rotgut

    Humans have a morbid curiosity to know all the horrible ways people can die.

  • Ribb Rotgut

    It’s natural to be curious. We fear death.

  • Ginger

    There is something wrong with you