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UPDATE - Suspensions Overturned for Sheboygan Falls Boys Basketball Players

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The picture of (left to right) Jordon, Jawaun, and Jamal Jackson as it appeared in the January 1, 2014 edition of the Sheboygan Falls News.
The picture of (left to right) Jordon, Jawaun, and Jamal Jackson as it appeared in the January 1, 2014 edition of the Sheboygan Falls News.

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WI (WHBL) - The suspensions for two Sheboygan Falls boys’ basketball players due to a recent picture in the Sheboygan Falls News have been overturned.  Paper editor Jeff Pederson said the decision comes following an appeal hearing held Friday afternoon at the high school.  This means Jordon and Jamal Jackson will not serve a one game suspension Friday evening.

The suspension was handed down after a school liaison officer noticed the two brothers had made hand gestures that looked like gang symbols in the picture.  After Sheboygan Falls Police confirmed the gestures were gang symbols, the school followed their athletic code and suspended the two for the team's game against Plymouth.  Police chief Steve Riffel said their investigation also determined the boys’ actions were not intended to be a gesture supporting crime or a certain gang, but rather a gesture made when a shot is made.

In a statement, Sheboygan Falls Mayor Randy Meyer said he agrees with the decisions made Friday by the district, and he hopes the entire incident is a teachable moment for the district and the community.

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