VENICE (CBSLA) – Venice High School, which only recently started using its brand new sports stadium, is now unable to use the multimillion dollar facilities because of a dispute with a neighbor.
The homeowner, whose backyard butts up against the high school field’s fence, has apparently complained about the lights and noise coming from the facility even though they reportedly purchased the property in 2020, after the stadium was built.READ MORE: President Biden, Russian President Putin Meet In Geneva
Parents of student athletes at Venice High School also allege that the homeowner posted TikTok video that shows them cutting a hole into school fence, creating access to the field from their backyard, though so far this allegation is unconfirmed.READ MORE: Crews Battle Brush Fire In Santa Fe Dam Area Of Irwindale
In a Facebook group called Change the LAUSD, one user posted, “The field and fence were there when they bought and games have been played safely for decades. In addition to stopping the play, this same neighbor cut a hole in the fence to gain access to the field for their own private parties.”MORE NEWS: Councilman Bonin Blasts Recall Effort As 'Extravagant Waste Of Taxpayer Money' As Organizers Continue To Criticize
In response to complaints about the situation, local district officials sent out a message, saying, “Dear Parents and School Community, thank you for sharing your thoughts about the baseball program and field. Los Angeles Unified is committed to our student athletes and we are working toward a solution for this baseball season. In addition, our offices are working with the Facilities Department to review all possible avenues for a long-term solution for the baseball field. Please know we are following up regarding any complaints about any inappropriate comments or actions made by outside community members. As more information becomes available about home games, we will share with our families and school community. Thank you for your understanding and advocacy on behalf of student athletes at Venice High School.”