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A photo from a junior prom has many in an uproar

A photo from a Wisconsin High School has divided their community, prompting students to share their experiences of racism and administrative neglect.

During the Baraboo High School junior prom, a photo was captured showing the male class of 2019 throwing up the Nazi salute. Leaving many questioning how this has been normalized in 2018, former students have anonymously provided incite. Baraboo High School administration has known about racial abuse among the student body and done nothing. A student laments:

“I also went to Baraboo High School, and have had some problems with the boys in the prom picture. The day after President Trump was elected, I heard one of them shouting “White Power!” in the hallway. I immediately went to a school official, but was told that nothing could be done because it was his First Amendment right and he wasn’t harming anyone. I was then told that I should look up videos of Black Lives Matter protestors being hostile towards police, and that I should get a tougher skin. I left the office still upset, but never pursued it further because of the initial response to my complaints.”

Not alone in her struggle, many students reached out to twitter user @jules_su, who started the thread.

Prom Night

At the influence of the hired photographer, a female prom attendee recalls the boys were encouraged to show their White pride. The photographer separated the boys from the girls, harassing the girls and inciting the boys.

“He was extremely rude and gross towards us. [And] then when the boys took their picture he told them to do that and was laughing about it. It was disgusting. And they sat there for about 5 minutes taking pictures and laughing.”

While most of the reports of abuse stem from racial tension, LGBT students have spoken up as well. A graduate recalled their experience:

 

The Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller refused to respond to calls or emails and instead opted for a statement. Released on Monday, she says school officials are investigating and the photo was not reflective of educational values. Parents have since addressed the school board with their concerns. In an interview with the Baraboo News Republic, Greg Sacra, the son of a WW II veteran was outraged.

“I grew up knowing that Nazism was wrong and I don’t see how they could get this far in their education and not know that. They don’t know that? They think it’s a joke? Maybe it takes an extra day devoted to history — an extra hour.”

Catching the attention of the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Poland, it’s clear the world’s eyes are on Baraboo and the rest of America.

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2 Male Suspects Questioned in Jussie Smollett Case Released Without Charges

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The 2 Nigerian men who were suspects in Jussie Smollett’s attack in Chicago have no been released. News dropped yesterday of the 2 men who have some close ties with Jussie. In the picture below you can see Lee Daniels the creator of the hit show ‘Empire’ in the picture with Ola Osundairoe on set. It was also being reported that Jussie worked out with them.

The 2 were charged with battery Friday and have now been released without any charges. Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago Police Department Anthony Gugliemi tweeted, “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.”

The attorney for Abel and Ola Osundairo had this to say about the case.

Media outlets are reporting that Jussie has now hired high-powered attorney Michael Monico if that name doesn’t ring a bell this will. Monico represented Michael Cohen who was President’s Trump’s former attorney.

Of course, you know this story is developing and we will keep you updated as new details emerge.

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Police Questioning Two Suspects in Jussie Smollett Case

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Police have identified two Nigerian men as suspects in Jussie Smollett’s case. The men have been questioned in the attack on the “Empire” star and have been arrested on probable cause.

Identified as brothers, the two men have been questioned by police in Chicago following their arrival from Nigeria. The suspects were apprehended at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday after authorities learned one of them was connected to “Empire.” Following the Chicago Police receiving and executing a search warrant, authorities are not disclosing what was found within the shared apartment.

In a statement provided to Associated Press by Anthony Guglielmi, Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago PD, there was emphasis placed on the nature of the suspects arrest. At this time, both persons have been arrested for probable cause alone.

Breaking the Silence

For the first time since the January 29th attack, Jussie Smollett has sat down for an interview. Robin Roberts of Good Morning America inquired about what happened that fateful evening and how Jussie was responding to those who doubt his claims. Jussie took the opportunity to share what happened during the attack, clear up what his assailants said while assaulting him, and added his manager was on the phone the entire time.

When it comes to what his attackers looked like, Jussie says, “I can’t tell you what color their eyes were” as their appearance was obstructed by ski masks. He provided a body description to officers and noted that he only saw them completely as they were running away. Robin then asked if Jussie believed the men in the photo were his attackers and he said, “I don’t have any doubt in my mind that’s them.”

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Jussie Smollett’s Phone Records Rejected by Chicago PD

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After being provided with phone records that could be crucial to cracking Jussie’s case, Chicago PD have tossed them out. Claiming the records have been forged, CPD is asking for hard copies of the bill or Jussie’s phone.

A representative for Jussie Smollett asserts that Chicago PD affirms Jussie’s account of what happened that night as consistent and credible. Still, they have requested his phone records for a second time. After receiving them in the form of a PDF document, which is susceptible to manipulation, authorities are casting them aside. Stating that only hard evidence directly from his cell service provider will suffice, Jussie has to provide Chicago PD with either the phone bill, in its entirety, or a full download of Jussie’s device.

Since Jussie was on his phone with his manager at the time of the attack, Chicago PD wants the records to prove a call was made. Two weeks ago, they requested the phone records from Jussie, but they were delivered February 11th. Without any video of the attack in their possession, the phone records are integral in making advancements of the case.

Police are continuing the investigation while treating the case as a hate crime.

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