Black HS Basketball Players Suspended For “Gang-Related Signals”
They live in “Sheboygan” for crying out loud!
According to Raw Story:
A Wisconsin school district said this week that it followed proper procedure when it suspended two African-American basketball players because they had made hand gestures that “looked like” gang signs.
On Jan. 1, the Sheboygan Falls News ran what they hoped would be a feel-good story about Jordan, Jamal and Juwaun Jackson moving to the district and playing basketball for Sheboygan Falls High School. The paper took several photos for the article, but decided to publish the “goofy” photo of the boys joking around in Falcons’ basketball uniforms.
But the school suspended two of the brothers after story ran in the sports section of the paper because parents suspected that the boys were making gang-related hand signs in the photo. The school even had the police department investigate. I had no idea,” Jordan Jackson told TMJ News. “They told us it meant blood.”
“I did it like every other kid does it when they make a 3,” he explained. “When you make a 3, everyone does this sign. You’ve probably seen LeBron James or someone do it. I did the 3 in the picture, and my little brother pointed at the camera.”
District Superintendent Jean Born insisted to WHBL that the school followed the athletic code. And Police Chief Steve Riffel said that he was “able to confirm that the sign was indeed a gang sign,” but he acknowledged that the young men posed no threat to the community.
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