"Baraboo Gathers:" Community gathers to heal after photo controversy

Published: Nov. 19, 2018 at 8:55 PM CST
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The Baraboo community gathered Monday night, exactly one week after a controversial prom photo was posted on social media.

The photo was taken during prom showing a group of students lifting their arms in what appears to be a Nazi salute. The photographer says he asked the students to give a "hi" sign. Although the photo was taken in the spring, it was shared on social media November 12.

"I know people in this community are hurting from that," Eric Logan said about the photo.

Monday night's meeting was the first of a three-step program organized by the Baraboo School District and city leaders. The program allows members of the Baraboo community to address how to heal and learn.

City and religious leaders shed light into the difficult trials the community has been put through the past week. A few people from the Jewish faith spoke, including a couple with a student in the schools.

"We have an opportunity here to work together to educate and improve,” said Marcy Huffacker, a Baraboo resident. “And to hold one another accountable. And I am hopeful, amidst the hurting chaos I have been comforted by the number of people coming together to learn and grow from this incident.”

The next meeting, "Baraboo Speaks," is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at Baraboo City Hall. It will offer the community a chance to talk to city leaders about moving forward. The final meeting, "Baraboo Acts" has not been scheduled.