Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:05 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff Henry, the co-owner of Schlitterbahn, was arrested on Monday in Cameron County, Texas, on charges related to the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy on a water slide in Kansas. The charges against Henry listed on the Cameron County jail database include 12 counts of aggravated battery and five counts of aggravated child endangerment.
Read more from The Kansas City Star.
Statements from Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts:
They are innocent. They said so. ;)
They didn’t seem to take any issue with the Travel Channel show when it aired. There’s a special place in my heart for the original Schlitterbahn, but gosh they’re screwing up the messaging here. Designing a ride without proper engineering oversight and (allegedly) operating it under unsafe circumstances isn’t an “accident,” it’s malpractice.
The indictment uses quoted statements from a reality TV show that was scripted for dramatic effect that in no way reflects the design and construction of the ride.
Quotes were purported to be from definitive design meetings, when they were, in fact, “acting.”
This is the one thing that makes me lean in their direction a bit. You can't take "reality" tv as fact. Overall though, still looks pretty bad.
I seriously doubt they built the largest water slide in the world, then, when it didn't work tore half of it down and rebuilt it for "dramatic effect" in a reality television show. They did it because they didn't know what the hell they were doing.
Reading about Schlitterbahn made me wonder what our old friend Jeff Siebert from Kings Island was up to. Glad to see he’s now the GM at Fiesta Texas. Good for him.
I thought of him, too. Seems he got out while the getting was good, doesn’t it?
Reminds me of my brother in law who got out of Enron in the nick of time. Whew!
Can it possibly get any worse for Jeff Henry and Schlitterbahn?
I didn’t realize he was like that. I hope someone not so Verruckt can get ahold of the business and run it right.
They arrested the designer of the slide, John Schooley, today and are charging him with second-degree murder among other lesser crimes.
Schooley is 72 and if convicted, will likely die in jail. Surprised he just didn't stay in China and call it a day.
It was just a matter of time until this became part of the narrative.
The beginning of the end. If they start defaulting on debt service payments, access to capital and lines of credit dry up and the company is ripe for liquidation or buyout. Murder and manslaughter cases cost a fortune to defend and that is all going to further stress their financial situation. I think their days are numbered, unfortunately.Last edited by Hanging n' Banging, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:58 PM
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