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High School Class Pictured Doing Nazi Salute in 2018 Because Everything Is Terrible

Why is no one stopping this from happening?

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At Baraboo high school, the graduating class of 2019 collected a group of white male students together for their prom pictures. At the time, the group was getting ready to go to their Junior prom and decided that a great picture idea would be to all throw up a Sig Heil to promote … what exactly?

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Their allegiance to the Nazi party?

To make matters worse, it wasn’t just their idea of a “funny” pose. They very well knew what they were doing when they chose it.

Journalist Jules Suzdaltsev continued to look into the story, and the more he did, the worse it all became. Not only did the school not care about racism, but they have been told time and time again about the boys and their actions, and their way of stopping it was to just have the boys delete their bullying and/or racist posts off Instagram, facing no form of punishment.

In the photograph, one of the kids is legitimately holding up the white power “okay” symbol and laughing about it.

A scary truth of the situation is that, even when students reported these boys to the principal, nothing was done about it.

One of the boys in the photograph spoke out against his classmates, clearly uncomfortable with what was going on. One.

Jules went on to share countless stories from students, depicting the actions of the boys and the school’s lack of action. No matter what came into the principal’s office, nothing was done. It got to the point where the photographer of the picture finally took it down, but called everyone complaining about the picture “jerks.”

Because that seems about right. We’re jerks for wanting to know why a group of at least fifty kids are throwing up an arm gesture linked to the Nazi party. 2018 is absolutely terrible, and Baraboo high school had better step up and start doing something about this.

(image: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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