Wisconsin high school admits mistakenly accusing basketball players of flashing ‘gang-related’ 3-point symbols

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Jordan, Juwaun and Jamal Jackson were accused of flashing game symbols in this "goofy" photo -- Sheboygan Falls News
Jordan, Juwaun and Jamal Jackson were accused of flashing game symbols in this "goofy" photo -- Sheboygan Falls News

School officials launched a full-scale investigation into a "goofy" photo of three brothers on the Sheboygan Falls (Wis.) High boys' basketball team who allegedly made gang-related symbols in the picture, according to a WTMJ report (h/t Big Lead).

After complaints by concerned parents and local police, the school even reportedly suspended two of the brothers for what cops "confirmed" was an "organized gang" sign.

Only this gang sign appears to be a three-fingered symbol flashed by thousands of basketball players on a daily basis nationwide after a successful 3-pointer. The picture in question accompanied a Sheboygan Falls News feature on three brothers -- Jordan, Juwaun and Jamal Jackson -- who respectively flashed this 3-point signal, pointed at the camera and put his arm around his little brother when asked to pose for a goofy photo.

"When you make a 3, everyone does this sign," Sheboygan Falls senior wing Jordan Jackson told WTMJ of the hand gesture. "You've probably seen LeBron James or someone do it. I did the three in the picture, and my little brother pointed at the camera."

However, as some parents who saw the photo in the local paper's sports section expressed their concern to Sheboygan Falls school officials over potential gang violence at the school, a police liaison officer at the school worked with Sheboygan Falls Police to determine "The Bloods use a similar gesture," according to HTR News.

Surely, the writers of "Sherlock" are drafting an episode on this remarkable investigation as we speak. Wait, what's that? There's more to this story? You don't say.

Shortly after WTMJ broke the news of a one-game suspension for Jordan and Juwaun, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin came to the Jackson brothers' defense.

“It appears as if the Sheboygan Falls school district and police department are unprepared to respond to the increasing diversity in the schools in an appropriate and educationally sound manner," ACLU of Wisconsin executive director Chris Ahmuty told the local news station in a statement. "The ACLU will be seeking information from the schools in order to assess their compliance with pupil non-discrimination rules. The ACLU asks the district to immediately make the brothers eligible to play in tomorrow’s game."

While school officials originally stood behind their actions, even after Jordan Jackson's obvious defense hit the local news, district officials eventually admitted their mistake and reversed their decision upon an appeal by the Jackson family. Jordan scored seven points in a 78-39 win over Plymouth on Friday night. He missed his only 3-point attempt, so those Sheboygan Falls High parents who filed complaints probably felt a little safer.

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