Baraboo Police investigating new threats stemming from controversial photo

Authorities are trying to determine who posted anti-Semitic flyers ahead of planned meetings next week over a photograph of Wisconsin high school boys appearing to give a Nazi salute.

The flyers were posted Monday on the exterior of Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo. They contained warnings about Dec. 18, an apparent reference to a day of high school assemblies featuring speakers calling for tolerance.

The video is titled “A satirical short about current events in Baraboo,” according to a statement from Police Chief Mark Schauf.

“The video is an edited blend of video clips and still photographs depicting members of the Baraboo community, including students and staff of the Baraboo High School, in violent hate related conduct,” the statement said.

Schauf’s statement continued, “As the police, our focus every day is on the safety of the schools and community.  We will continue working with our partners in law enforcement at the local, County, State and Federal level, along with our community partners and the Baraboo School District to complete this investigation and ensure the safety of students and staff.”

There are two events planned for next week for Baraboo students and community members. The events are designed to educate people about fighting anti-Semitism and how to be more inclusive. The city and school district organized the listening and teaching sessions following the outrage stemming from a controversial photo showing Baraboo High School students giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.

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