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Five suspended in hazing incident, expulsion a possibility

(WMC-TV) - A hazing incident possibly involving a noose is bring brought up in front of a Mid-South school board.

School leaders in Wynne, Arkansas are talking about whether to expel two junior varsity football players.

Family members of a 14-year-old African-American JV football player claim a noose was placed around his neck in the locker room last week by white students.

The alleged incident is bringing unwanted attention to the close knit community and it resulted in a special school board meeting Wednesday night.

"I plan on making a public statement after the expulsion hearings," said Superintendent Carl Easley. "It's talking about the incident that occurred on September 24."

School leaders acknowledge that some sort of hazing incident occurred but they have not gone into detail about it.

In addition to the two expulsion hearings, five other students are suspended.

Wynne Police did get involved and interviewed dozens of students who were in the locker room at the time. Investigators determined punishment should be handled by the school district.

That punishment is expected to be decided at the meeting Wednesday night.

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