East St. Louis high school football team forced to forfeit because of strike

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – There is no Friday night football in East St. Louis tonight. The Flyers are forced to forfeit because of a teachers strike.

There is word from the teachers union that a federal mediator will meet with the two sides Monday. Until then, no school and no sports.

A labor dispute between the East St. Louis School District And striking teachers means the football field will remain silent. In fact the East St. Louis Flyers were forced to forfeit their scheduled game against the Edwardsville Tigers.

One area high school scout says if the strike lingers Some kids could lose out on what could be a big break from a college program.

"East St. Louis especially has to worry how many games are we going to miss on this schedule. If coaches are coming to watch those athletes. You know if there is 2,3,4 games when`s the next time that they can see those kids so from the East St. Louis standpoint? I think that it could cost them. You can always get a clip online." said Todd Schumacher.

There are citizens who feel for the students, and support the teachers. One former East St. Louis football player says he knows several teachers who are also district parents who know how difficult the strike is for students.