Teenager gets stuck inside giant purple Barney head

Published On June 22, 2016 | By Keri | Middays

My son was a little boy when the Barney craze hit. That purple dinosaur was unstoppable, he was everywhere. I didn’t care if he loved me. It felt like there was no escape from his saccharine-sweet and sing-songy, dopey voice.

And if ANYONE knows anything about escaping Barney, it’s 15 year old Darby Risner from Alabama.

The teen got trapped for 45 agonizing minutes inside the head of a Barney suit.

Darby and some friends were at their church on Sunday night when she spotted the purple costume which was bought years ago by their pastor.

Thinking she would scare some of her friends when they came downstairs, Darby put the Barney head on and when she sat down on the sofa to wait for them, it dropped. It slipped over her shoulders so low, she couldn’t get it off.

After a few laughs at her prank and some slathering of Vaseline, everyone soon realized that they couldn’t remove Darby from her purple predicament.

That’s when things started to heat up inside the Barney head and friends and family made the decision to get some professional help, so they guided Darby and her giant noodle out of the church and to their local fire department.

Trussville Fire Lt. Vince Bruno was there when the group came in. “When they walked in, you couldn’t help but start laughing,” he said. “We tried to be professional, and she was a little distraught, but we had to giggle about it.”

The firefighters also tried to pull off the head, but their efforts were to no avail. “She’s so little that when they lifted the head, it lifted her off the ground so they had to hold down her feet,” Darby’s mom said.

“And with the Vaseline on her arms, they said it was like trying to wrestle a greased pig.”

After 45 mins from donning the dino head, firefighters were able to cut it open and set Darby free.

“It was such a relief,” Darby said. “I have laughed about it.”


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