Baraboo schools reaffirm “hate-free environment” after viral tweet of students’ apparent Nazi salute

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BARABOO, Wis. – The superintendent of the Baraboo School District is reminding parents and students that their school is a “hate-free environment” after a photo of students executing what appeared to be a Nazi salute was circulated on social media channels. 

The post – which has since been deleted – was tweeted about 9 p.m. Sunday.  It showed a large group of young men on the steps of a building, dressed up and making what appeared to be a Nazi salute.

The caption on the tweet ends with “#barabooproud.”

Since then, the post has gotten the attention of thousands of people on Twitter, and the Baraboo School District has posted announcements on its website and sent a letter home to parents. 

The message sent to parents from Superintendent Lori Mueller called the gestures “extremely inappropriate,” and said that the district is investigating the situation and is working with local authorities. 

“If the gesture is what it appears to be, the district will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address the issue,” the letter said.

Mueller said the district has confirmed that the photo was not taken on school property or at a school-sponsored event. 

Mueller said earlier Monday morning that the photo is “completely unacceptable.” She said the district is “very concerned” about the image, adding the gesture is certainly not endorsed by the district.

 

Until Monday morning, the pictures were still available on the WheelMemories photography website. They have since been deleted and replaced with a message from the company.

It said it part, “Due (to) malevolent behavior on the part of some in society; this page has been modified. It is too bad that there are those in society who can and do take the time to be jerks; knowingly and willingly to be jerks!” 

The posted message also included an apology: “To anyone that was hurt I sincerely apologize.”  

A representative with the Baraboo Police Department said they are officially looking into the incident, but wouldn’t comment on what the criminal charges could be. 

Stay with News 3 for the latest on this story and the response from the district, students and parents.

 

 

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