Wisconsin school official says teens in viral 'Nazi salute' photo protected by free speech
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Wisconsin school officials announced that a group of high school students who went viral earlier this month after a photo emerged showing them appear to give the Nazi salute will not face punishment. 

The State Journal reported Saturday that Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller said in a letter sent to parents on Wednesday that the school district isn’t in a position to punish the students appearing to do the one-arm Nazi salute in the viral photo because they are protected by their First Amendment rights.

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“As previously stated, we cannot know the intentions in the hearts of those who were involved,” Mueller said in the letter. “Moreover, because of students’ First Amendment rights, the district is not in a position to punish the students for their actions.”

The picture shows dozens of students appearing to make the gesture associated with white supremacy before attending Baraboo High School's spring 2018 prom.

Mueller also noted in the letter that the investigation the school district announced it would be conducting into the events leading up to the viral photo is also complete.

According to the publication, the photo was taken by the father of one of the students and included a mixture of both current and former students of Baraboo High School.

Mueller also said the school plans to hold meetings to discuss hate with students and the community after the viral incident.

“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 added in the letter.