Kansas lawmaker whose son died on ride urges perspective

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab speaks at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The young son of a Kansas state lawmaker died on a water slide that is billed as the world's largest, according to officials and the boy's family. Authorities did not immediately identify the child who died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, but state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife released a statement saying it was their son Caleb Thomas Schwab. (AP Photo/Nicholas Clayton, file)

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 (http://bit.ly/2iA5bEY ) reports that Scott Schwab was emotional after being sworn in Monday as a leader in the Kansas House. The Republican from the Kansas City suburb of Olathe told lawmakers to "let it go" when their bills die or 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.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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