Wisconsin High School Students Attending Junior Photographed Using Nazi Slaute

Students at Baraboo High School in Wisconsin have posted and deleted an image of a group of young men using the Nazi salute.
The image, which was first posted by the Twitter handle @GoBaraboo at 8:56 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, showed a group of over 50 young white males using the Nazi salute while posing for junior prom photos. The photo was posted with the caption “We even got the black kid to throw it up #barabooproud.” The tweet was reportedly deleted a short time later.
In addition to the Nazi salute, which was popularized by the Nazi party in the 1930s and 1940s, one male student is pictured gleefully using “white power okay sign.”
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Following the circulation of the image, the school district’s Twitter account retweeted a statement from Lori M. Mueller, one of the school’s administrators.

“The photo of students posted to #BarabooProud is not reflective of the educational values and beliefs of the School District of Baraboo. The District will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address,” the tweet read.

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Furthermore, the Auschwitz Memorial Museum weighed in on the image, saying that it is “so hard to find words” to describe their feelings:

It is so hard to find words… This is why every single day we work hard to educate. We need to explain what is the danger of hateful ideology rising. Auschwitz with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred,” Auschwitz Memorial tweeted.


The Baraboo School District has an official anti-discrimination statement posted on its website, which states that the district does not discriminate “on the basis of sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, religion, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap in its education programs or activities.”

“The School District of Baraboo does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, religion, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap in its education programs (including career or technical educational programs) or activities. The School District of Baraboo will not tolerate harassment based on sex. No student or employee of the School District of Baraboo shall be denied fair and equal treatment under the law and the District is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner.”

At this time, the school district in investigating the image and will pursue “any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal” to address the abhorrent image and the students responsible.


After the photo made national news, the Baraboo School District released the following statement to students, parents, and staff.

“Dear Parents and Guardians:
As you are likely aware, a photograph, taken last spring before prom, has surfaced on social media. In the photo, Baraboo students appear to make an extremely inappropriate gesture. It is a gesture widely recognized for its association with intolerance, violence and hate.
We are extremely troubled by the image. The school district and local authorities continue to investigate, speaking with the students and families involved to determine how and why this photo was taken.
Throughout the day, local, state and national media have been giving this incident a great deal of attention. Due to this attention, the Baraboo School District decided to place Baraboo High School on a
modified administrative hold in collaboration with the Baraboo Police Department, which means business as usual with keeping detailed notes of who is permitted in and who is permitted out of the school. Please know that while you and your student have the right to speak with reporters, you also have the right to decline these requests. We want to ensure that our parents, students and staff do not feel pressured to comment publicly if they do not wish to do so. In addition, the district is concerned about student safety due to this media attention. If you feel that your student needs mental health supports or is being bullied or harassed due to this incident please contact the school district at
608-355-3950 ext. 1010.
Let us be very clear: hate has no home in the Baraboo School District. Our schools are spaces where all people—regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry—are respected and celebrated. The safety of our students and schools is our most important priority.
Clearly, we have a lot of work to do to ensure that our schools remain positive and safe environments for all students, staff and community. We will provide more information on this incident as it becomes available.”

At this time, it is unclear whether the school has taken any disciplinary action against the students in the photo.

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