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Baraboo School District works with community leaders to plan series of meetings on controversial photo

November 15, 2018

Baraboo High School will be the location of the first in a series of community programs planned by faith, district, civic and community leaders to respond to a controversial photo of BHS students.

Baraboo School District scheduled two community programs starting next week to address concerns about the viral photo showing a group Baraboo High School boys giving what appears to be gestures associated with white supremacy.

The photo was taken in May by a local photographer, Peter Gust, the father of one of the boys, at the Sauk County Courthouse before the junior prom.

To kick off the series of forums, “Baraboo Gathers: A program to Address Healing and Learning for the Baraboo Community” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, at Baraboo High School.

According to Holly Henderson, marketing and communications specialist for the school district, leaders from across the community -- including district, civic and faith leaders -- collaborated to plan the programs “to begin healing within our community.”

The leaders speaking on Monday will be Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm and Baraboo School Superintendent Lori Mueller.

“Baraboo Talks,” the second program, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Baraboo City Hall. It will focus on “community reflection and listening,” Henderson wrote in an email.

A third program, “Baraboo Acts,” will be announced with specifics at a later time.

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