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A group of kids learned a hard lesson about city codes Friday. Lee's Summit had to demolish the kids' creation because it wasn't compliant.
The Pergola neighborhood kids built a fort on an empty lot with scraps from construction on the surrounding larger homes.
"They don't care what it looks like. It's not about outer beauty, it's about the fun, the cohesion between the kids," said neighbor Chris Pate.
"My 6-year-old was pretty mad and said he didn't want to live in the city of Lee's Summit anymore. So I could understand that, he was very emotional," said neighbor Kim Sharp.
When some of the kids were told about the order to demolish the fort, two of them even put together and signed a petition to the city, saying:
"Dear City, Please do not tear this house down! We have all worked for almost a year on it, for hours and hours. We have all had fun climbing on it, camping in it, having picnics in it. Many happy memories were forged here. We all hope that it won't be torn down. So please don't tear it down!"
After a pizza party on Friday celebrating the joy the fort brought to kids in the neighborhood, they and their parents had to watch it come down. But they know the lessons they learned there are with them for life and the kids are ready for round two.
"Build another fort and move it somewhere else," Ben said.
There are already plans in the works to build a new fort, meeting city code and even getting an architect involved.
Via Free Range Kids.