The parent, who took a picture of a group of Wisconsin high school boys who made a seemingly Nazi salute on the steps of a local courthouse, said on Tuesday he simply challenged the teenagers to leave their parents Saying goodbye before they set off on prom and never foreseen, the picture would entail such a widespread condemnation.
Pete Gust, who runs Wheel Memories and has a son in the photo, said the timing of the recording that he made of about 60 boys outside the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo last spring showed that the arms of the teenagers in different Stadiums were stretched out as they raised them.
"It was by no means intended to simulate anything that offends anyone," Gust told The Associated Press. "If there was a mistake, I was in the timing of the recording."
Gust had posted the photo on his business website after being captured last May, but dropped it on Monday after it surfaced in social media posts and was widely circulated "To all who were injured "I apologize sincerely," Gust wrote on his website.
But one of the students in the photo who did not raise his arm, Jordan Blue said he believes some of the students had made the Nazi salute for fun.
"It was very disrespectful what my convictions are, and it was a very poor representation of the upper class and the Baraboo School District The Baraboo School District does not support this kind of action and it is a district that gives the students many Offers opportunities, "Blue told Baraboo News Republic. "That's something I'll never forget."
The Baraboo School District said he had dealt with the matter, and local police said they would help with this investigation.
The district will pursue all available and reasonable measures, including legal action, to address this issue Solve problem, "District Superintendent Lori Mueller said in a letter to Monday's parents.
About half a dozen speakers addressed the matter at the Baraboo School Board meeting on Monday evening.