Anti-hate resolution approved by Baraboo school board

BARABOO, Wis. (WMTV)-- The School District of Baraboo Board of Education approved an anti-hate resolution November 26 after a controversial prom photo was posted on social media.

The photo shows male students from Baraboo High School giving what appears to be a Nazi salute in their junior prom photo. The man who took the photos said he asked them to wave "hi." It was posted on social media in early November.

The proclamation reads in part: " we stand proudly for and with all students and families that we serve; we commit again to our mission and values; and we say no to hate, and yes to a community of equal empowerment for all who come to us for educational services and support."

On Thursday night, the second community meeting, "Baraboo Talks," will be hosted by school district and city leaders.

The goal of "Baraboo Talks" is to identify areas for action and improvement. People attending Thursday's meeting will have the opportunity to participate in three 15-minute discussions. They can choose to attend the following discussion topics

  • Immediate safety

  • Restorative justice

  • Deeper learning

  • Moving forward

  • Leadership, police and accountability

  • Inclusivity

  • Communication

At the end of the meeting, group facilitators will present their group's conclusions.

"Baraboo Talks" will be at the Baraboo City Hall on Thursday from 6:00 -7:00 p.m.

The third program in the series, "Baraboo Acts," will be scheduled after the "Baraboo Talks" meeting.

The first program, "Baraboo Gathers," was held on Nov. 19 at the high school. It emphasized how the community could heal and discussed guidance and support for students.