Schlitterbahn water slide designer arrested at DFW Airport

Marc LaVoie
April 03, 2018 - 11:24 am
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The designer of Schlitterbahn's Verruckt water slide was arrested Monday night at the Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport.

John Schooley was reportedly returning from a project in China when he was arrested in Texas. 

He is accused of shoddy planning of the world's tallest water slide in Kansas City, Kansas, where 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed in 2016.

The boy died on the 17-story ride when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop that supported a safety net.

Schooley and Schlitterbahn co-owner, Jeffrey Henry, are charged with reckless second-degree murder. Henry & Sons Construction Co., which is described as the private construction company of Schlitterbahn, was also charged with reckless second-degree murder. Second-degree murder carries a sentence of 9 years to 41 years in a Kansas prison.

Prosecutors allege that Schlitterbahn officials rushed Verruckt into operation so the ride could be featured on a show on the Travel Channel. An indictment lists 13 other injuries associated with the ride. 

Schooley was reportedly returning from a project in China when he was arrested in Texas. 

Schlitterbahn officials have vowed an aggressive defense against the indictment in Wyandotte County. 

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