The boys in a Wisconsin high school class appear to have posed in a Nazi salute in a junior prom photo, the Baraboo News Republic reported.
The boys of the Baraboo High School Class of 2019, about 50 people, huddled together on the steps Sauk County Courthouse, where many held up their arms in a Sieg Heil. Not all of them saluted, and one boy in the front made the “OK” hand gesture, which can be construed as a symbol of white power.
The photo was posted online with the hashtag #barabooproud, following the caption, “We even got the black kid to throw it up.”
this post has since been deleted, but i just want @barabooSD to be aware of the disturbing actions that are represented in this photograph. this is BEYOND sickening. pic.twitter.com/Fer5heTted— carly sidey (@CarlySidey) November 12, 2018
In response, Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller said the situation was being investigated.
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
Journalist Jules Suzdaltsev, who helped circulate the photo, found that the choice of pose may not be surprising — based on responses from students who reached out to him, the high school seems to have a racism issue.
I spoke with the only student who is visibly not comfortable with the “salute”, he provided this statement. pic.twitter.com/HbNBc8xLOK— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) November 12, 2018