A haunted house actor stabbed an 11-year-old boy in the foot at a fairground in Ohio in an incident the business says was an accident.
The child, who was about to begin walking through 7 Floors of Hell — a popular horror attraction in Berea — when a worker holding a real Bowie knife tried to scare him and struck his foot on September 18, Rodney Geffert, president of Night Scream Entertainment which owns 7 Floors of Hell said.
“He walked up to my son and he was holding the knife, and his intentions were to scare him, but my son responded to him by saying, ‘That’s fake. I’m not scared,”’ the child’s mother, Karen Bednarski, told WEWS-TV.
It was then the actor began dragging the knife and stabbing it on the ground when it struck the young boy’s croc sandals and cut his big toe.
Workers immediately took the child to their first aid area to disinfect the wound, which was about a third of an inch long.
The boy needed a bandage and refused further medical attention. Both he and his mom continued into the horror house until they completed the attraction, according to Geffert.
“I didn’t want to make a scene, of course. I wanted to go about it the appropriate way,” Bednarski said in response, as to why she continued through the horror house.
7 Floors of Hell enforces “strict rules and protocols” which do not allow their scare actors to carry any real weapons; only rubber and foam props, Geffert said. The actor was let go, he added.
“He did something he wasn’t supposed to be doing,” Geffert said. “He went to his car and did this on his own free will and we don’t tolerate or put up with that.”
Berea Police Department charged the 22-year-old actor with negligent assault.
Despite the incident, Geffert says he hopes customers understand that 7 Floors of Hell is a safe attraction and the actor’s actions do not reflect their business.