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Mom of former Fenger High QB sues CPS

Updated: November 11, 2012 6:34AM



The mother of a former Fenger High School quarterback is suing Chicago Public Schools, claiming an eligibility ruling has sunk her son’s senior football season and could ruin his chance to play the sport in college.

Darrien Boone played two seasons with Fenger’s football program and was part of a team that qualified for state playoffs last year, according to the suit filed Tuesday in Circuit Court.

His mother, Beverly Boone, claims that CPS declared him ineligible to play high school football “as a matter of spite” after she pulled him out of Fenger in November 2011 in fear for his safety.

She claims someone pointed a gun at her son at a McDonald’s restaurant near the Far South Side school after the team returned from an Oct. 29, 2011, playoff game — prompting her to enroll him instead at Chicago Vocational Career Academy.

CPS’ ineligibility ruling was not based on the teen’s academic performance and has prevented him from playing football at his current school, Hales Franciscan High School, his mother claims.

A CPS spokesperson declined to comment.

Boone also claims she was unaware of the ruling until months later and never received a written notice as required by CPS policy.

Darrien has committed to play football at Central Michigan University, the Sun-Times reported in August. But the family claims that if he is forced to sit out his senior year his chance to play college football could be in jeopardy. The suit seeks an emergency injunction overturning the CPS ruling.



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