Lee’s Summit district appeals ruling on suspended students

The Lee’s Summit School District has appealed a federal judge’s order that two students suspended for a controversial blog be allowed to return to school.

Last week, Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs said the 17-year-old twin brothers’ desire to return to school outweighed the district’s concerns about future disruptions. The two had been suspended earlier this school year for 180 days because of what district officials termed offensive and insensitive comments.

The brothers’ names are not included in court documents because they are minors.

Their parents sued the district earlier this month, arguing that their sons’ classes at the district’s alternative high school during the suspension were inadequate and that the boys would miss opportunities for band and drum line participation.