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Wisconsin School Will Not Punish Students For “Nazi Salute” Prom Photo

School cites students "First Amendment Rights"

Via The Wisconsin State Journal:

In a letter sent out Wednesday afternoon, Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller indicated the district has finished part of the investigation into a pre-prom photo showing students making gestures associated with white supremacy.

The letter, sent via student information system Infinite Campus, stated the 10-day investigation involving local authorities, parents and others has left “some key details” unclear. They were seeking to understand the events leading up to the photo being taken, as well as what happened after.

“As previously stated, we cannot know the intentions in the hearts of those who were involved,” Mueller wrote. “Moreover, because of students’ First Amendment rights, the district is not in a position to punish the students for their actions.”

The photo in question of the 60 boys was taken outside the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo last spring. The parent who took the photographer said he simply asked the boys to “wave goodbye” to their parents before heading to prom.

Obviously Baraboo School district needs to take a Civics class itself.

The First Amendment would cover the students having the right to do this and not be jailed by the government. Nothing tin the First Amendment says that a school can’t punished with detentions or suspensions for making a disgusting and hateful gesture.

 

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