FARMINGTON -- Horror props in the Lagoon Terroride are reminiscent of a 1960s Vincent Price film, not something that amusement park officials would consider to be offensive.
Despite that, Lagoon officials are willing to sit down with an Ogden marriage and family therapist to discuss his concerns with a stunt in the haunted house he claims has aroused behavior in his clients, and more importantly, depicts "sexual violence against women."
Ogden therapist Jeff Tesch recently went public with the concern about the decades-old ride, requesting that operators of the Farmington amusement park remove that particular section of it.
The stunt, near the middle of the 90-second ride, depicts two women bound.
"I had a client that said it affected them, that it triggered feelings in them," Tesch said, an adjunct professor for Child and Family Studies at Weber State University.
"That was years ago," Tesch said. He said Friday he didn't want to make a scene then, or stir things up. But then more recently he had a client who had been raped, and thought it best to speak up about it, he said.
Tesch said the Terroride segment in question depicts one woman outstretched and being tied to a wheel, and the other woman having her hands tied behind her back. "That is the section of the ride I am concerned about," he said.
Tesch said he does not want to see the ride closed, but that section of it changed out.
"My concern is that it may trigger some behavior in clients, but I am mostly concerned it depicts sexual violence against women," Tesch said.
Lagoon Vice President of Marketing Dick Andrew said the Terroride literally has not had any changes made to it for decades, and he has always been of the opinion the old haunted house ride is more reminiscent of a Vincent Price horror film. "Nothing has changed in the Terroride for decades," he said.
Andrew, who had yet to be personally contacted by Tesch, said similar scenes can be seen being played out on television or in the store windows of some of the Layton Hills Mall businesses.
"There are things in the windows infinitely more revealing than the Lagoon Terroride stunt," he said. "It really is quite ironic that they are singling out this thing at Lagoon."
That being said, Andrew said, Lagoon staff will "take another ride through" the Terroride in looking at Tesch's concern.
The park would also be willing to have a conversation with Tesch, he said.
The last thing the park wants to do is have one of its amusement park rides encourage, or trigger within someone, some type of deviant behavior, Andrew said.
Tesch, a 16-year marriage and family therapist, said it would be great if Lagoon officials were willing to speak to him.
"I would be happy to talk with them," he said.
"I recognize I have a different perspective than many," Tesch said. He said he suspects it is because he has seen the pain that comes from domestic abuse.
"I find it curious why Tesch didn't just contact Lagoon," Andrew said.