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Black families in Missouri say racism led to pool party cancellation

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Summit Waves Aquatic Facility in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
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Lee's Summit, Missouri — Black families private pool to Kansas City Water Park officials in the suburbs of racism Says he urged him to cancel his 17-year-old son's birthday party on the weekend.

Chris Evans said he has signed a contract with Lee's Summit's Summit Waves Aquatic Facility to welcome 250 people to the party on Saturday. However, when the sons arrived at the park, the reservation was said to have been canceled and no reason was given, Evans said at a press conference on Tuesday.

On the way to the water park, Evans learns that "this event does not represent Lee's Summit Waves, and the reservation was canceled because (the park staff) was uncomfortable." Said that. The Kansas City Star reported.

The official, surrounded by police officers, met his parents when his parents arrived and repeated that the party was not held.

"What's scary, Lee's Summit?" Evans asked at a press conference. "Why are you uncomfortable?"

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The Lee's Summit Park and Recreation Department, which runs the water park, said on Monday. Said that efforts were made to announce and notify. Evans family.

"After trying to contact the lessee many times before the event to discuss safety concerns, the connection was not established until the time before the event," the statement said. Stated. "At that point, the only way was to cancel the event."

Lee's Summit Mayor William Baird said in a statement Tuesday that the Parks Department is investigating, but for safety reasons. He said he should have used a different process to address concerns and ensure that patrons are treated with dignity and respect.

And he blamed the "horrifying" remarks made by park employees on social media after the incident.

"We must deliberately accept a welcoming and inclusive culture and constantly condemn the urge and urge to eliminate it." He said.

The city's park bureau said in a statement Monday that the event was canceled after authorities noticed it was being advertised on social media.

"This raised serious concerns about the safety of party guests and the potential for the event to extend beyond the capabilities of our staff," said a statement, about 500 people despite the cancellation. Teenager arrived at the park.

Evans argued that the event was canceled before the teens arrived and "there are no nearly 500 children in the parking lot."

He also asked how park staff could distinguish between party guests and other guests in the park. Evans, who hired off-duty police officers for the party's additional security, said police officers on the scene did not share concerns that the party would be out of control.

"My kids were heartbroken that the party was canceled," he said. "They are good kids with good grades, a bright future, and not worthy of being treated this way, and that applies to all the kids in the park of the day."

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