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Photographer: Controversial photo ill-timed shot

BARABOO, Wis. - A parent who took a photo that shows about 60 Wisconsin high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute says he simply asked the youths to wave goodbye to their parents and that he takes the blame for the timing of the shot.

Pete Gust, whose son Matthew appears in the photo, says there was no intention "in any way, shape or form to simulate anything that was offensive to anyone." Gust tells The Associated Press that the boys' arms were extended in various stages of being raised when the shot was taken.

Gust posted the photo on his website, Wheels Memories, after he took the pre-prom shot on the steps of the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo in May. The photo circulated on social media this week, drawing strong rebukes online and from Jewish organizations. Gust has since removed the photo and apologized to all who were hurt by it.

Photo prompts calls for Holocaust education

Speakers at a Wisconsin school board meeting have expressed anger over a photo that shows about 60 high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.

Some at the Baraboo School Board meeting Monday night suggested the students should be better educated so they understand the gravity of the image and what it symbolizes.

The pre-prom photo of the boys taken on the steps of the Sauk County Courthouse in May has been shared widely on social media in recent days, prompting a strong rebuke from individuals and organizations.

One attendee, Greg Sacra, told the board he grew up knowing that Nazism was wrong and that he doesn't understand how the Baraboo students in the photo don't know that too. He suggests they need extra education about the Holocaust.

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