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Suspensions overturned for Sheboygan Falls hoopsters

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SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - Two Sheboygan Falls high school basketball players had a one-game suspension lifted by school officials, after they were suspected of flashing gang signs in a newspaper photo.  

The family of Jordan and Juwaun Jackson challenged the suspension, which was lifted in time for them to play Friday night. Sheboygan Falls lost that game to Plymouth, 78-39.  

A school committee held a closed-door hearing Friday, attended by the Jacksons' parents -- and the boys' suspensions were lifted during that proceeding.  

The boys denied flashing gang signs for their recent pose in the Sheboygan Falls News. They said they were giving a hand-signal used by basketball stars to celebrate a successful three-point shot.  

The American Civil Liberties' Union looked into the matter. The group has asked for information about several Sheboygan Falls school policies, and they say they'll keep investigating.  

ACLU state director Chris Ahmuty wrote that the district, "may have engaged in the kind of biased discipline recently condemned by Attorney General Eric Holder."  

School officials refused comment.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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