WYNNE, AR (abc24.com) - There was heavy police presence Thursday night in Wynne, Arkansas, as the junior high football team played for the first time since details of a hazing incident led to the suspension of seven football players.
"I hope it goes smoothly. I have children involved," said Erika Warren. "I am a little apprehensive about the game."
On Wednesday night, a school board meeting ended in near chaos after the board voted to suspend two players for the rest of the semester. Wynne Superintendent Carl Easley had recommended Jeremy Miller and Paxton Mills be expelled for the rest of the year over the September 24th incident in the junior high locker room.
The family of Mickey Bell says the two put a noose around the neck of the 14-year-old and dragged him across the locker room floor.
"Had it been a black who did it to a white they would have been arrested," a member of Bell's family said as she stormed out of the meeting on Wednesday night.
"He doesn't like this, all he want to do is to focus on playing football," said Bell's aunt, Tresha Light.
"A semester is about the end, you in October, November, they get Thanksgiving break, December they out 2 weeks," Light said regarding the punishment.
Superintendent Easley says the district interviewed more than two dozen students and found no evidence Bell was dragged.
Easley said Wynne Police were notified and have monitored the investigation, but found no criminal wrong-doing.
In total, seven students were suspended over the incident.