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School Official: 'Nazi Salute' Teens' Speech Is Protected

School administrators announced Wednesday that the students who appeared to make a Nazi salute in a viral photo will not…

School administrators announced Wednesday that the students who appeared to make a Nazi salute in a viral photo will not face punishment.

According to Madison.com, Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller sent a letter to parents on Nov. 21 saying that part of the investigation into the Wisconsin students’ prom photo is already done. She said the students in the picture will not face any punishment because their actions are protected by the First Amendment.

“As previously stated, we can not know the intentions in the hearts of those who were involved,” Mueller wrote in the letter . “I tillegg, fordi studenters første ændringsrettigheder, er distriktet ikke i stand til at straffe elevene for deres handlinger.”

I november, en foto af en gruppe af mænds studenter i Baraboo skoleområdet, som syntes at be headed to prom, went viral.

The photo even drew condemnation from the Auschwitz Memorial’s official Twitter account, which said the incident is an example of “hateful ideology rising.” “

According to Madison.com, the investigation concluded that the photo was taken in May 201

8 before prom, outside the Sauk County Courthouse, and was taken by a parent of one of the students.

Mueller said the school plans on holding meetings to address hate with students and the community.

“We must come together and, in a meaningful way, consider the travesties of the past that were fueled by hatred and embrace the celebration of diversity fueled by love and acceptance, “Mueller’s letter read.

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