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Baraboo school officials have shut down the district’s Facebook page because of threats and “messages of hate,” according to Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller.

After a photo of Baraboo High School students captured international attention, social media websites associated with the district and the city were flooded with messages from across the country and elsewhere. Boys from the class of 2019 posed in the photo with their arms raised in an apparent Nazi salute.

The district’s general Facebook account, typically used for educational information and updates, was deactivated before Nov. 19. The page was expected to be restored Monday, Mueller wrote in an email, but it remained down early Monday evening.

The district’s Twitter account has remained active. According to Mueller, “there is no specific reason” why the two social media platforms have been treated differently.

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