BARABOO, Wis. — Wisconsin school officials are launching an investigation after a photo of a large group of male students from Baraboo School District holding up what appears to be a Nazi salute surfaced online.
The social media post went out around 9 p.m. on Twitter and has since has been deleted reported Channel 3000.
The photo depicts a large group of white, male students posing on the front steps of a building, seemingly before a school dance. The caption reads "#barabooproud."
If anybody from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin can clue me in on why it appears the entire male class of 2018 is throwing up a Sig Heil during their prom photos - that would be great.
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) November 12, 2018
The school district sent out a letter to parents Monday morning stating that an investigation has began to address the gesture made in the photo.
Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller also clarified that the photo was not taken on school property or at a school-sponsored event and was originally taken last spring.
The Baraboo School District sent the following letter to parents this morning in response to a photo circulating on social media. We are launching an investigation, and as such, are unable to provide additional details at this time. pic.twitter.com/oRxcl82lJT
— Baraboo Schools (@barabooSD) November 12, 2018
Mueller said that if the gesture is in fact what it appears to be, the district will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal.