Former Baraboo High School varsity softball coach Bonnie Brandreth resigned after seeing the controversial prom photo.
“I was shocked by the infamous junior prom photo,” she said in a Saturday-morning statement. “The gestures captured in that photo were stomach-turning. It was a hostile, intimidating act. With the power of social media, individuals can make a single, snap decision that can have a profoundly negative effect on their family, their school, employer, classmates and co-workers, communities, even the entire nation. That prom photo had a profound, negative effect on me. I resigned the day after I saw it.”
According to www.tetratech.com, Brandreth is a data analytics expert at Tetra Tech, a consulting and engineering services company with two locations in Madison. Baraboo High School Athletic Director Jim Langkamp confirmed on Friday Brandreth’s employer did not want her to be associated with the school because of the photo.
“As a business leader, I owe it to my co-workers and clients to avoid employment or outside interests that may create, or give the appearance of creating, a conflict with my responsibilities for maintaining an inclusive and safe work environment. Personal ethics are different for each person, but it was clear to me that I could not maintain my position at Baraboo High School without damaging my own reputation or inadvertently signaling indifference towards an act I found repulsive.”
Brandreth resigned after one year with the team. She was hired to replace Misty Muter in September of 2017.
“I am grateful I had the opportunity to coach softball at Baraboo High School,” Brandreth said. “The athletic director, Jim Langkamp, was extremely supportive. The players and parents, my co-coaches, the Baraboo Thunder organization, and the entire softball community were very welcoming. I wish nothing but success for the Baraboo softball program.”