Lawsuit: Slavery petition at Missouri was ‘friendly banter’ among football players
A petition distributed at a high school in Missouri reportedly called for the reinstitution of slavery. - Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

Students disciplined for the “Start slavery again” petition at Park Hill South High School have sued the Park Hill school district saying that the petition was not racial harassment as portrayed in public. Instead, the widely reported petition — which The Star also reported — began as “friendly banter” between a biracial student and a Black student on the football team while en route to an away game, according to the federal lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of the four students. Outcry over the petition lead to the expulsion of one student and 180-day suspensions for three others. The lawsuit, f...