Sheb. Falls Mayor Speaks on Basketball Photo Controversy - WBAY

Sheb. Falls Mayor Speaks on Basketball Photo Controversy

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The mayor of Sheboygan Falls says the school district did the right thing in overturning a game suspension for two high school basketball players.

Jordan and Juwaun Jackson received a one-game suspension for a photo published in the city's newspaper.

Mayor Randy Meyer says school district officials asked Sheboygan Falls police to determine if the boys were displaying gang signals in the photo.

According to the police report, an officer and a detective familiar with gang identification confirmed the hand sign Jordan (left in photo) showed was affiliated with the blood street gang.

An officer then met with Sheboygan Falls High School's associate principal, Jordan and his parents.

The report says Jordan told the officer he made the gesture because that's what NBA players do in reference to making a three-point shot. Jordan said he was not involved in any gangs, and his mother said the same about all of her sons.

The police report says the officer and the school district concluded the boys weren't showing gang signs and didn't plan to take any further action.

The school district held a closed-session appeal hearing about the suspension Friday and allowed the two boys to play in the basketball game that night, according to the AP.

The ACLU of Wisconsin says it sent a letter to the high school for more information about the school's discipline policies. The letter says the group is investigating if the high school is complying with state and federal guidelines against unfair discipline. Click here to read the letter.

In a statement, Meyer says he is glad the suspension was overturned on appeal and believes it was the right decision based on the police report.

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