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Baraboo police investigating report of online video, anti-Semitic flyers

BARABOO  — Baraboo police are investigating a report of an online video and anti-Semitic flyers that appear to warn people to stay away from a series of educational assemblies Dec. 18 in the school district.

City administrator Ed Geick confirmed to 27 News that police have begun and investigation.

While the video was posted with a message calling it a “satirical short about current events” in Baraboo, it closes with an ominous warning, “Stay at Home December 18th, 2018,” according to the Baraboo News Republic.

The flyers, featuring anti-Semitic messages and warnings about Dec. 18, were posted Monday to the exterior walls of Jack Young Middle School.

Community leaders have been responding to the fallout after a photo surfaced in November that showed some high school students in a group photo giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.

The incidents come as officials with Baraboo’s school district have outlined a plan they hope will instill more empathy and understanding in students.

The Dec. 18 assembly for high school students is being planned in collaboration with Masood Akhtar, president and founder of the We Are Many United Against Hate organization, and Elana Kahn, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

The night before the assemblies, on Dec. 17, the district and community leaders will host the first Baraboo Acts event at 7:30 p.m. at the Al Ringling Theatre, which will include a special presentation by Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Kaleka, a Sikh and a former white supremacist who find forgiveness after hate.

Courtney Terlecki

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