Wisconsin school, police investigating photo of students posing in apparent Nazi salute

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BARABOO, Wis.) — A Wisconsin school district and local police are investigating a photo of a group of mostly white high school boys giving what appears to be the Nazi salute after it drew strong backlash on social media.The image of students in the Baraboo School District was posted on the @GoBaraboo parody account on Sunday.The tweet has since been taken down, but police and school officials promised to investigate. The photo in question is from last spring, according to District Superintendent Lori Mueller.“The school district is investigating this situation and is working with parents, staff and local authorities,” Mueller said in a statement to students and parents. “If the gesture is what it appears to be, the district will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address the issue.”In a separate tweet posted on Monday, Mueller wrote, “The photo posted under the hashtag is not reflective of the educational values and beliefs of the School District of Baraboo.”Baraboo police also tweeted that they are assisting the district’s investigation since being made aware of a “controversial photo of a group of high school students.”The photo drew widespread disapproval, including from Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland.“This is why every single day we work hard to educate. We need to explain what is the danger of hateful ideology rising. Auschwitz with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred,” the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted.Not all the students in the photo participated in the gesture. Jordan Blue, a student in the top right of the photo whose arms remain at his sides, said in a statement that the photo was taken as students gathered at the Sauk County Courthouse for professional prom photos and that he “couldn’t leave the photo as it was taken within five seconds.”“The photographer told us to raise our hands kind of in a way, and I knew at that point that some my classmates are very immature,” he said in a separate interview. “So didn’t want to do that, and I saw what was happening and I felt so upset.”Jonathan Schieber, a senior who appears in the photo, told ABC News there was no discussion of any racist aspect to the photo when it was taken. It was only after the photo garnered social media attention over the weekend that he started to hear about it.Schieber, who is black, was singled out due to his race, though he had both arms at his side in the photo.“Somebody had made a meme or something, saying, ‘We even got the black kid to throw it up,’” Schieber told ABC News. “I couldn’t go nowhere without people being like, ‘Are you that kid from the picture?’ Everybody was sharing it, talking about racial profiling. I went to school on Monday and people were trying to take pictures with me — you’re going viral, all that stuff.”“I left school because I was not having it,” he added.Wheel Memories posted thumbnails of several photos from the shoot on its website in the spring, including the one in question. The photos have since been removed and the agency wrote on its site in a message that it blames “jerks” and online negativity.“It is too bad that there are those in society who can and do take the time to be jerks; knowingly and willingly to be jerks! The internet can be a wonderful tool but for some there is an overwhelming urge to destroy. The destruction may not be physical but instead it can be bullying that is intellectual or emotional,” the photo agency wrote on its website.“To anyone that was hurt I sincerely apologize,” the agency said. “To those who have harmed them, we as society often ignore them I have chosen not to do that. YOU ARE JERKS! Grow up! Be kind, Be gentle, Be civil!”ABC News has reached out to several other students in the photo who were identified through social media.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Former intel head elected as acting Indonesian track and field chief

first_imgSecretary-general Tigor Tanjung acknowledged that the absence of a chief figure would hamper the funding disbursement process from the government to the association in relation to athletes’ preparations and training programs for the Olympics.“We are going to organize a national training camp in the immediate future. Thus, Zacky’s presence is pivotal for the association as we are going to need government funding to run those programs,” Tigor said as quoted in the association’s statement on Thursday.Commenting on his new position, Zacky acknowledged that this time is very crucial for the association as they are being asked to maintain a top performance in the middle of a funding deficit and tournament postponements.“Despite the problems, we are going to move forward with our planned schedules,” Zacky, brother of one of the country’s most senior lawyers, Nono Anwar Makarim, said.Sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri is the only Indonesian athlete to secure his place at the Olympics, thanks to his 10.03-second achievement in the 2019 Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Osaka, Japan, last year. The World Athletics body previously announced that the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers would be postponed from April to December this year.Topics : Former head of Indonesian military intelligence Maj. Gen. (ret) Zacky Anwar Makarim, 72, has been elected as acting Indonesian track and field association chief, replacing Muhammad “Bob” Hasan who died earlier this year.Zacky, who is a senior member of the association, was elected unanimously by a panel of the association’s top members. Uncle of current education minister Nadiem Makarim, Zacky is tasked with continuing Bob Hasan’s legacy and safeguarding athletes’ preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics and also other competitions, at least until the association’s current board completes its term in December.The association is set to appoint a new permanent chief and members of management in December through a congress.last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 59-45 win over Pittsburgh

first_imgAfter going into double overtime with then-No. 23 Florida State in its last matchup, Syracuse (13-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) struggled to get much going early against Pittsburgh (8-11, 0-6). The teams combined to shoot just 38 percent in the first half as the Orange went into the break with a five-point advantage. Syracuse eventually managed to pull away late for a 59-45 win to snap its four-game losing streak.  Here are three reactions from the game.Feel it stillTyus Battle played a season-high 50 minutes in the Orange’s loss to the Seminoles. The game actually pushed his minutes per game average in ACC play to 41.2 — more than the standard 40-minute game.TV broadcasts claimed that Battle was under the weather heading into the game. Either way, Battle was noticeably a bit weaker to start Tuesday‘s game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn one play he made a move to drive baseline, but his floater weakly fell off the side of the backboard, not even reaching the rim. Later, he had a wide-open look from deep. His 3-point attempt was on line but not strong enough, barely grazing the front of the rim and falling straight down. He missed his first six shots of the game and entered the break with just four points.Halftime seemed to get Battle a little bit back on track. He was five-of-eight from the field and scored seven points in the frame. His 3-pointer out of the under-eight media timeout seemed to inject life in the Orange, which went on to open up a 10-point edge.How longFreshman Panthers guard Parker Stewart came into the game averaging just 7.4 points per game, the fifth-highest mark on the team. He’d hit 30 3-pointers in 18 games, shooting at a 36 percent clip.Stewart hit two 3-pointers within the first five minutes of the game. By the end of the night, Stewart accounted for more than half of Pitt’s offense by himself, as he knocked down seven 3-pointers and had 23 points, both career highs.Although Syracuse has been solid on defense for most of the season, this was the third time that one player has made at seven 3-pointers in a game against the Orange.New rulesThrough the first four games of ACC play, freshman point guard Howard Washington was averaging two minutes per game. It seemed like his only way on the floor was to provide a very quick breather to Howard or Battle, or if either one was in foul trouble.But against FSU he played a career-high 24 minutes and Syracuse deployed its three-guard lineup for a good chunk of the first half.On Tuesday, Washington again checked into the game early in the first half, replacing Tyus Battle who sat for a few minutes. When Battle came back, Washington stayed on, with SU again giving its three-guard lineup a look.The Orange scored five quick points when Washington was in, and the Buffalo native added two steals. But the offense stalled with the three-guard lineup in, scoring no points. On one play, it appeared that both Howard and SU head coach Jim Boeheim were frustrated with Oshae Brissett not getting into the high post properly.Washington was subbed out with 7:22 left in the first half and didn’t play the rest of the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 16, 2018 at 11:09 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

U.S. Olympic coach John Underwood to kickoff ‘Life of an Athlete’ seminar in Wellington tonight

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Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 329 weeks ago Sounds like a great event! My only issue is why was word not spread about this event much sooner than the day of the event? We want to encourage both parents and students to be involved in great opportunities like this, but we wait till the day of the event to spread word about it. Many people plan their jobs, and their lives around things and they would love to attend these events if they were given better notice than the day of the event. Shame on both the school district and the community as a whole in not spreading the word on this event days earlier. Glad to hear the great feedback that this speaker provided to all that were able to attend. Report Reply 2 replies · active 329 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 329 weeks ago It was my fault, whsfan. I did the interview a couple of weeks ago and it was a story I was meaning to get written. Unfortunately, it got lost in the shuffle. I saw the text alert the morning of the event and realized I still hadn’t written the story. This one is on me. My apologies. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 329 weeks ago Cue, I do not believe you alone should take sole responsibility for this. I am furious of the lack of attention placed by the other news sources and more importanly the school district as a whole! USD 353 district office should be ashamed, this event is not even mentioned on the district website, or on their calendar!!! They wait till the morning of to send a reminder or what I consider an announcement. This is an issue that happens to often and thankfully you are usually on top of all things happening. If anyone should take fault the district office of USD 353 should apologize, if they truly care about this community, it’s students and the parents that truly appreciate these type of events then they should have been steer fronting the drive to spread the word!!! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — John Underwood, Director of the the nationally renowned program Life of an Athlete, is coming to Wellington tonight to kickoff a two-day training seminar for area high school and college coaches and student athletes.The public is invited to attend the kick-off party which starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight and will include a free hamburger dinner. The program is sponsored by the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team. The kickoff party tonight will include a town hall meeting.Gerald Gilkey, Director at SCCDAT, said he expects 68 high schools and eight college coaches from a four-county region to converge on Wellington for the two-day event. Underwood is an Olympic coach, who lives in Lake Placid, the site of the 1980 Olympics. His program “Life of an Athlete” contains an anti-drug message and how coaches can incorporate that philosophy into its athletic endeavors. The program encourages athletes to make better choices, to improve their performance in sports and other aspects of everyday life.Gilkey has been working on this project since October.He said he was trying to find an anti-drug program for which students and adults could rally around and he stumbled across a program called “Life of an Athlete.”“I thought that was kind of interesting,” Gilkey said. “I estimated there were about 75 percent of the student body, who participated in athletics or some form of extra curricular programs. This would be an excellent way to get out the anti-drug message through athletics.”He thought originally of sending area coaches to Lake Placid to participate in Underwood’s seminar. But then it occurred to him it would be cheaper for him to come here.“I then started thinking that Sumner County should not be so selfish,” Gilkey said. “So I spoke to coaches from a four-county area. We started partnering with Reno County.”The two-day event will start tonight and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.The goal of Life of the Athlete is to experience better results in athletic performance and also a change of school and community culture, where pursuing a healthy lifestyle is the norm for kids, coaches, and parents.Underwood is a former NCAA All American distance runner and world masters champion. An athlete all is life, Underwood has been an Olympic level coach, teacher, trainer, and scientist and is a crusader for drug-free school.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more