Parents May Face Jail For Having Swing Set on Their Property

swing setBy Lou Colagiovanni

Two Lee’s Summit, Missouri parents have found themselves in hot water for having a swing set for their children on their property. The Stout family is facing sanctions, fines, and possibly even jail time.

Leading the charge against the family—which has been ongoing for over a year—is the most dubious of opponents: The Raintree Lake Property Owners Association. The claim against the family swing set is that it infringed on HOA guidelines, which specifically state that play equipment must be “subdued and within harmony with other colors of the community.”

Let’s note, for the record, that the definition of “harmony” is suspiciously missing from the HOA’s guidelines.

Marla Stout, speaking for her family, said the dispute originally began over the color of the swing set, which was red. That color was deemed not in “harmony” by the HOA, and the Stout family was fined. They fought the HOA on that charge and the decision was reversed.

To compromise, the family changed the color to purple, which also failed to appease the HOA. It went on to threaten further legal action. According to local, Marla Stout says she received documents from a law firm representing the HOA that said “if we didn’t remove the swing set from the subdivision in a couple of weeks, we go to jail.”

Neither the Stout family nor the The Raintree Lake Property Owners Association has elaborated on the particular charge that would apply. One could theorize that it may be related, at least in some way, to being held in contempt.

Let’s play this scenario out to its finality and assume that one or both parents winds up jailed over this trivial matter. What, then, would become of the children? Would they be in the custody of Missouri’s Child Protective Service? And for how long? Who in that association can believe the prudent action to take is to threaten a family with criminal penalties over a lousy swing set?

Lou Colagiovanni writes for Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. If you spot a typo, email [email protected].

Lou Colagiovanni joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include crime and politics. Born in New York City, New York, he currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn more about Colagiovanni here!

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11 Comments on "Parents May Face Jail For Having Swing Set on Their Property"

  1. What ever happened to “common sense” and the Golden Rule? Have Americans lost their moral compass and minds? This is nuts!

  2. Homeowners Associations should be banned. They’ve turned into totalitarian regimes

  3. A nation of sheep always brings about a government of wolves.

    This growing trend is becoming rampant in all aspects of our lives.
    It’s the only way the control freaks and parasites can remain relevant.

    A people deserve any regime they endure.

  4. Grace Joubarne | August 14, 2015 at 10:24 am | Reply

    And so you see the UN’s AGENDA 21 at work…at the local level, just as they deemed was necessary. You see this with building inspectors, conservation authorities, school authorities, senior driver dementia testing, medical/pharma elimination of natural therapies and remedies, etc…private property, personal liberties, freedoms…all eliminated by bureaucrats trained by the UN to undermine the Constitution of democracies to bring them in line with One World Order. It’s all in writing under UN Agenda 21 and UN Sustainable Development for those who still insist all this is a ‘conspiracy theory’.

  5. TARDISOFGALLIFREY | August 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm | Reply

    What color does the HOA want it painted?

  6. Property Owners Associations, a.k.a. Homeowners Associations, have been around for a long time. If you don’t want to follow their rules and guidelines, don’t buy property where there are those types of associations. If no one buys property where property owners associations exist, eventually there will be a lot of empty houses!

  7. come on now who gone enforce that

  8. Ms plissedOff | August 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm | Reply

    And things just keep getting worse in the land of the lmao free.

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