High school baseball game rescheduled following forfeit

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Opinions are still raging after a Chicago high school baseball game was apparently forfeited because parents of one school thought the other school was not safe.

The coach of Walter Payton College Prep reluctantly told Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep his team wouldn’t make a Saturday night game because of parents concerns, something Chicago Public Schools is downplaying.

CPS says it was a miscommunication and a transportation issue.

The game has since been rescheduled for Saturday, May 4 at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, according to a CPS spokeswoman.

On Monday afternoon, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett met with the principal and baseball coach from Walter Payton High School

“This was an opportunity for her to hear directly from both of them to hear what happened, and what could be done to prevent it from happening in the future,” said Kelley Quinn, CPS Director of News Affairs. “They also discussed what could be done to start the healing process between both school communities.”

Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep is located at 250 E. 111th St. in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood.

Roseland residents near the high school are concerned about the perception of their neighborhood.  Long time resident Jeffrey Graham told WGN outside his three-flat with its manicured lawn right across from the high school. He said that pocket of the neighborhood has little crime because residents take pride in their community.

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