Wisconsin School District Refuses To Punish Students Appearing To Give Nazi Salute – Your Black World

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Nov 28, 2018

By: Ryan Velez

Atlanta Black Star reports that a group of Wisconsin high school students are going to be getting away scot-free after being seen making Nazi gestures in a prom photo, with the school district citing First Amendment rights to protect the teens. A group of white male students who stood outside the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo, Wisconsin, for a prom photo in May, went viral earlier this month and sparked outrage online. The image of about 60 boys drew controversy after they appeared to be giving Nazi salutes.

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Peter Gust, the photographer who captured the image, says that it was completely “taken out of context” and was “innocent.” He claimed to have told the students to “wave goodbye” before going to prom. Other students would come forward and blame the photographer for putting them in an uncomfortable situation.

On Wednesday, November 21, Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller sent out a letter to inform those of the school’s finished investigation, the State Journal reported. The 10-day investigation concluded that there were still “some key details” left unclear.

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Mueller wrote, “As previously stated, we cannot know the intentions in the hearts of those who were involved. … Moreover, because of students’ First Amendment rights, the district is not in a position to punish the students for their actions.” School officials said they would continue to look into things, but were more focused on “restorative practices” within the community of Baraboo.

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“We must come together and, in a meaningful way, consider the travesties of the past that were fueled by hatred and embrace the celebration of diversity fueled by love and acceptance,” Mueller wrote in the letter. Note that as of the 2010 Census, Baraboo was 94% white, which may explain the lack of local outrage that may have led to a stronger punishment elsewhere.

Read more from Atlanta Black Star at: https://atlantablackstar.com/2018/11/26/school-district-says-wisconsin-students-appearing-to-give-nazi-salute-cannot-be-punished/

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