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Boy Who Didn’t Give Nazi Salute In High School Photo Has A Message For The World

A group of students in Wisconsin posed for their junior prom photo while throwing up their hands, “Sieg Heil”-style, leading to investigations by the local police and the school district. Kids! They just do the darnedest things.

The picture was tweeted by The Young Turks’ Jules Suzdaltsev, who wrote, “If anybody from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin can clue me in on why it appears the entire male class of 2018 is throwing up a Sig Heil during their prom photos – that would be great.”

A former student, Carly Sidey, tweeted the picture, which was taken earlier this year and posted by the now private account, @GoBaraboo, to the attention of the Baraboo school district.

The image is of just the boys from the junior year of Baraboo High. Suzdaltsev pointed out a guy in the front row who was giving the “OK” symbol as a sign for white power.

Here’s what the picture looks like once it’s expanded.
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Suzdaltsev spoke with the one guy in the picture who doesn’t look happy to be there.

The boy wrote that he “clearly” was “uncomfortable” with what was going on in the shot. “The photographer took the photos telling us to make the sign, I knew what my morals were and it was not to salute something I firmly didn’t believe in.” He went on to explain that he was bullied at the school.


Suzdaltsev wrote a Twitter thread about the picture, revealing information he got in messages from Baraboo students. Like how, at one point, a student posted a picture of another, calling her a “n****r,” and the school did nothing about it.

Racist incidents, unfortunately, seem to be pretty commonplace in this school.

One girl characterized the photographer as both “rude” and “gross”).

The photographer took the photo off his website and replaced it with a message that makes absolutely no sense at all.

The school’s administrators haven’t seemed very interested in dealing with the racist incidents.

Lori Mueller, the school district administrator, tweeted a statement claiming that the photo “is not reflective of the educational values and beliefs” of the school district. Her statement was retweeted by the Baraboo School District’s official Twitter account.

Maybe this will be the incident that causes the school to seriously look at its problems.

h/t Raw Story

Written by Dean

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.