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Wisconsin high school students appear to make Nazi salute in prom photo

Wisconsin high school students appear to make Nazi salute in prom photo

Gust said that the boys' arms were extended in various stages of being raised when the shot was taken.

Gust posted the photo on his website, Wheels Memories, after he took the pre-prom shot on the steps of the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo in May.

Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller told WMTV she became aware of the photo Monday after it was posted on social media, that it doesn't reflect the district's values, and that administrators will pursue appropriate action.

Not all the students in the photo participated in the gesture. Mueller says the photo appears to have been taken last spring and wasn't on school grounds.

A photo of mostly white U.S. students laughing as they make a Nazi salute has triggered outrage. Baraboo police are also investigating.

"As soon as I heard the photographer say, 'Raise your hand, ' I knew what was going to happen", senior Jordan Blue told CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz.

The company's website has a section called "BHS Prom Pics", though instead of photos, it features a weird message condemning "malevolent behavior on the part of some in society".

The Baraboo School District said it was looking into the matter, and local police said they are helping with that investigation.

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For what it's worth, not every single one of the boys performed the offensive gesture.

"I left school because I was not having it", he added.

The photo drew widespread condemnation, including from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland and a state senator who represents Baraboo, a town of about 12,000 residents that's about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee. "The destruction may not be physical but instead it can be bullying that is intellectual or emotional", the photo agency wrote on its website. "It was a scary moment and it was very shocking and upsetting". He concluded: "I truly and firmly believe we need to make a change to this frightful act, it needs to stop". The internet can be a wonderful tool but for some there is an overwhelming urge to destroy. "Auschwitz with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred", the tweet said. I couldn't leave the photo as it was taken within 5 seconds.

Baraboo High School was placed in a "soft hold" on Monday, which prevented students from leaving school premises to take an off-campus lunch.

"When I watch a president heckle reporters for doing their job, or pick on a nationality who is trying to seek a better life in our country and calling them names and pointing out how bad they are, when I see a president mimic and make fun of someone who's disabled, I have a problem with that", Erpenbach said.

"I knew what my morals were and it was not to salute something I firmly didn't believe in", said Blue, adding that he has been bullied by these same classmates, "I truly and firmly believe we need to make a change - it needs to stop".

"These are the boys of Class of 2019, nothing has been done and my question is".

"We hope these students understand what a mistake this was, and we hope that they will join work against the hateful ideology that they appeared to treat so casually in the photo", the group wrote Monday.