Kansas lawmaker whose son died on ride urges perspective

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, January 10 2017 Jan 10, 2017 Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7:42:00 AM CST January 10, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)- The Kansas lawmaker whose 10-year old son was killed on a water slide is urging his colleagues to remember there's more to life than what happens in the Capitol.

The Kansas City Star reports that Scott Schwab was emotional after being sworn in Monday as a leader in the Kansas House. The Republican form the amendments fail. He says, "Life isn't worth wasting too much emotional energy on such things." He added that "it could get worse."

His son, Caleb Thomas Schwab, died in August on a water slide billed as the world's largest. It still isn't clear what happened to Caleb on the 168- foot-tall "Verruckt" at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct age of Scott Schwab's child.]

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