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White dad stops Black superintendent from shaking daughter’s hand at graduation

The father was escorted off school property after the incident
Image source: - Indisputable with Dr. Rashad Richey

A white father rushed onto the stage and began to push the Black superintendent out of the way so he couldn’t shake his daughter’s hand during a high school graduation.

The incident happened on May 31 at Baraboo High School in Wisconsin. Footage from the graduation shows the father, whose identity is unknown to protect his daughter, come on stage. As his daughter was shaking other school officials’ hands, the father grabbed Superintendent Rainey Briggs and pushed him from his daughter.

The father is heard saying, “I don’t want her touching him.”

“You better get up off of me,” Briggs can be heard saying in the footage. School officials are then seen going towards the incident as the crowd watching everything unfold began to “boo.”

According to WiscNews, officers escorted the father off school property. Hailey Wagner, the Baraboo School District spokesperson, said they referred a disorderly conduct charge for the father to the Sauk County District Attorney’s Office.

Briggs was hired in 2021 to be the superintendent of the high school.

In 2o18, Baraboo High School was in the headlines after a picture was released of a group of current and former students doing the Nazi salute. The picture was reportedly not affiliated with the school or the school district.

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