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7 Quotes, Reactions to Anti-Semitic Photo from Baraboo High School

1. “Police in Wisconsin are investigating a prom photo that’s led to growing international outrage. The photo, posted to Twitter Sunday, appears to show more than 30 male students from Baraboo High School’s class of 2019 making a Nazi salute.”
-CBS News.

2. “The photo of students posted to #BarabooProud is not reflective of the educational values and beliefs of the School District of Baraboo. The District will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address.”
-Lori Mueller, Baraboo School District Administrator.

3. “While most of the students featured in the photo were seen with their arm raised high above their head, one of them was notably not participating in the gesture. Jordan Blue … Blue explained that although he was ‘uncomfortable’ with the shot — which he said was prompted by their photographer — he felt he had no other choice, as he was often bullied by his fellow classmates.”
-Joelle Goldstein, People.

4. “I have struggled with [bullying] my entire life and nothing has changed. I truly & firmly believe we need to make a change to this horrible act, it needs to stop.”
-Jordan Blue.

5. “It is so hard to find words … This is why every single day we work hard to educate. We need to explain what is the danger of hateful ideology rising. Auschwitz with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred.”
-The Auschwitz Museum.

6. “The Baraboo Police Department is aware of a controversial photo of a group of high school students that has been posted to social media. Officers are assisting the Baraboo School District with their investigation into this matter.”
-The Baraboo Police Department.

7. ”Though the incident apparently took place last May, it reflects a rising swell of anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. We are particularly concerned with the prevalence of bigotry within schools; more than 25 percent of all the recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin last year took place among students or on campus. We have witnessed numerous egregious incidents targeting African-Americans, Latinos and other minority groups.”
-A joint statement from the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Madison, the Wisconsin Jewish Conference and several other Jewish, Christian and Muslim congregations.

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