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Action precedes Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson's visit to OKC high school follows brief student scuffle.

Gazette staff April 18th, 2012

The Rev. Jesse Jackson told students at Douglass High School this morning that they can aspire to be anything in life, but his words of inspiration might have come a few hours too late for a group of youths at the Oklahoma City school.

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Police responded to Douglass shortly after 8:30 a.m. today, after a fight broke out among seven girls in a hallway. Two of the girls were arrested.

“It was well before the Rev. Jesse Jackson got on campus,” said Kathleen Kennedy, executive director of communications for Oklahoma City Public Schools. “They will be disciplined according to the student code of conduct.”

Afterward, the longtime civil rights leader joined members of the legislative black caucus at the state Capitol to discuss several controversial measures currently being considered by the Legislature.

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