LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -
A Lee's Summit family is celebrating a judge's decision, a decision that will allow the family to keep its purple swing set and playhouse.
The judge in the case has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the neighborhood home owner's association against the Stout family.The HOA had threatened the Stouts with jail time if the family didn't take playhouse down.
Now that the judge has tossed the case out, the Stouts say they just want things to go back to normal.
"We're not trying to change the world here. We'd certainly like the HOA to understand they've got to change the way they're doing business. I think this opened the eyes of our neighbors and there's going to be a lot more people at their meetings from now on," Jack Stout said.
"We didn't think it was a good idea to back down and show our kids that you just back down to bullies," said Stout.
Stout says he offered to paint the swing set a different color and says neighbors may not realize he didn't want the matter to go to court. Now, however, he's says he's glad they did take it to court because it shows his daughters not to back down from a fight.
"We just wanted to keep our purple swing set and according to the rules. It's not against the rules so we didn't see why we should change it," Stout concluded.
We reached out to the Raintree Homeowner's Association and to the attorneys representing the association in the case. We did not hear back.