A group of boys from a Wisconsin high school posed for a photo giving a Nazi salute, and one of them shared it on social media.
The photo was shared Sunday night on Twitter by an account called “Welcome to Baraboo,” and showed dozens of teenage boys wearing tuxedos and making the “sieg heil” gesture.
— carly sidey (@CarlySidey) November 12, 2018
The boys were identified as the class of 2019 at Wisconsin’s Baraboo High School, and The Young Turks’ Jules Suzdaltsev tried to uncover more information about the boys and the photo.
“We even got the black kid to throw it up #BarabooProud,” the now-deleted account tweeted.
One boy in the middle of the group is making the “OK” sign that has become associated with white supremacists.
The photo was taken by one of the teens’ parents at junior prom, and was posted online as part of a group of shots from the event.
Suzdaltsev heard from Baraboo graduates who claimed school officials did little to punish instances of racial harassment and bullying, and some of those former students shared social media photos to back their assertions.
I am being flooded with messages from students of this school about some of the guys in the group photo.
It sounds like there is a lot of racist bullying and the school tends to do nothing about it. pic.twitter.com/yvPZWI196A
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) November 12, 2018
Absolutely repulsive. I’m Jewish, born and raised north of Baraboo. Racism and anti-Semitism has existed but now it’s encouraged to shine bright. This school has a history of sweeping this behavior aside according to other examples posted. Share far and wide.
— Renee D (@ReneeDivineLMFT) November 12, 2018
The Barbaroo School District’s official Twitter account retweeted a post from school district administrator Lori Mueller that shows the school is considering how to address the incident, including potential legal action.
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.
— Lori M. Mueller (@LoriMMueller) November 12, 2018