Baraboo holding additional community meeting in wake of controversial photo

Baraboo holding additional community meeting in wake of controversial photo

Another community meeting will be held in Baraboo Thursday night to talk about the controversial photo showing a group of high schoolers appearing to make a Nazi salute.

It’s the latest in a series of meetings to brainstorm what the community wants to accomplish in the wake of the picture that brought international attention to the school and city, and trying to use the incident as a teaching moment.

“The goal of Baraboo Talks is to identify concrete areas for action & improvement in our community & prioritize these ideas in the development of a Community Action Plan: short- & long-range plans to address topics like safety, inclusivity, deeper learning & restorative justice.”

— Baraboo Schools (@barabooSD) November 27, 2018

Last week, Baraboo school superintendent Lori Mueller said in a letter to parents the district isn’t in a position to punish the students because they’re protected by the First Amendment, and they have no way of knowing the true intent of the photo.

The picture taken in the spring includes about 60 boys from Baraboo High School, with many extending their arms in the air. The parent who took the picture said he asked the boys to wave goodbye to their parents before heading to prom.

The original tweet went viral, bringing attention from around the world. In an interview on News 3 This Morning, Baraboo Police Chief Mark Schauf said that attention also brought threats to the school district and school administrators, as well as the city’s mayor, city administrator and police department.

Thursday’s community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Baraboo City Administration building. School board members will also be in attendance.

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