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50 Boys Posed for Prom Photo That's Now Causing Outrage

Wisconsin's Baraboo High School students seem to be making Nazi salute
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2018 1:43 PM CST
In this Dec. 5, 1931 file photo, Adolf Hitler is saluted.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – The photo has triggered an uproar, and the hashtag that reportedly accompanied it hasn't helped. A photo (see it here) taken in the spring was recently posted online, and it seems to show roughly 50 male members of Wisconsin's Baraboo High School Class of 2019 posing on the steps of the Sauk County Courthouse as many appear to make the Nazi salute. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports other students are believed to be displaying a white power salute, and #BarabooProud reportedly appeared with the photo. Journalist Jules Suzdaltsev retweeted the photo late Sunday, and it has since garnered enough attention that school administration and law enforcement have weighed in. Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller tweeted that "the photo of students posted to #BarabooProud is not reflective of the educational values and beliefs" of the district.

"The District will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address," she continued. The Baraboo Police Department weighed in with this: "The Baraboo Police Department is aware of a controversial photo of a group of high school students that has been posted to social media. Officers are assisting the Baraboo School District with their investigation into this matter." The Journal Sentinel reports the Auschwitz Museum weighed in, with a tweet beginning, "It is so hard to find words..." The Baraboo News Republic reports the school was last embroiled in controversy in 2012, when students drove around displaying Confederate flags in what they said was a tribute to a dead friend. (Read another outrageous story involving high schoolers.)

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