Things got a little creepy after a haunted house actor stabbed an 11-year-old boy in the foot at an Ohio fairgrounds in an incident the company says was an accident.
Ohio haunted house actor stabs 11-year-old boy in attempt to scare him
The boy was about to start touring the 7 Floors of Hell, a popular horror attraction in Berea, when a worker holding a real Bowie knife tried to scare him and hit him in the foot.
“He approached my son and was holding the knife, and his intentions were to scare him, but my son responded by saying, ‘That’s fake. I’m not scared,'” said the boy’s mother, Karen Bednarski.
That’s when the actor began dragging the knife and stabbing him on the ground, when it hit the boy’s alligator sandals and cut him.
Workers immediately took the boy to the first aid area, where they disinfected the cut, which Geffert said measured about a third of an inch, until his mother arrived.
The child required a bandage and refused further medical attention. Both he and his mother continued in the house of horrors until they completed the attraction, according to Geffert.
“I didn’t want to make a scene, of course. I wanted to do it properly,” Bednarski said in explaining why he continued through the house of horrors.
Seven Floors of Hell imposes “strict rules and protocols” that don’t allow its horror actors to carry real weapons; only rubber and foam props, Geffert said. The actor was fired, he added.
Lt. Tom Walker, of the Berea Police Department, told WEWS that the actor, 22, has been charged with negligent assault.
“I can’t explain why he brought the real knife,” Walker said. “He should have used a fake or rubber prop, a rubber knife”.