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JACKSON PROTEST IS BANNED FROM DECATUR SCHOOL AREA

The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson has been banned from demonstrating on or near Decatur schools.

Macon County Circuit Court Judge James Hendrian issued a preliminary injunction Thursday requiring those named in a lawsuit filed by the city to stay 50 feet away from school property.

Several African-American students were expelled for fighting at a Sept. 17 football game. Jackson contends that school officials violated the students' rights by expelling them for two years -- reduced to one -- for the brawl.

The school district filed a lawsuit in November to prevent Jackson and others from "engaging in any activities which would substantially disrupt the district's daily operations."

The district shut down its high schools for two days as Jackson led protests against the expulsions.

Also subject to the court order is white supremacist Matt Hale, who was added to the case after he and supporters staged their own rallies outside the schools to support the expulsions.

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