Man part of 1999 school expulsions uproar joining board

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — One of the six Decatur, Illinois teenagers whose 1999 expulsion from high school for fighting sparked a national uproar has been elected to the city’s school board. The Rev. Courtney Carson was elected earlier this month to a four-year term. The teens’ expulsions after a seconds-long fight at a football game sparked demonstrations in the central Illinois town. The father of four and Aurora University graduate says making things better for Decatur kids is a high priority in his life.