Discussion: World's Tallest Waterslide To Be Demolished After Kansas Lawmaker's Son Died

States’ regulations of waterslides and other amusement rides have faced scrutiny following Caleb’s death. Kansas is known for its light regulation of amusement park rides, and the Texas-based company that operates Schlitterbahn lobbied legislators to help ensure that it remained responsible for its own inspections.

Kansas mandates annual inspections of permanent amusement park rides but allows private inspectors to do the checks, rather than requiring a state inspection. A document released by the state Department of Labor after Caleb’s death showed that all of Schlitterbahn’s rides passed private inspections in June.

It’s time we got rid of these jobkid-killing regulations!