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‘I don’t want her to touch him’: News: Enstarz

(Photo: MAX TV – BARABOO)

A Wisconsin father is in hot water after he was caught on camera shoving the superintendent at his daughter’s graduation ceremony over the standard procedure of shaking her hand during commencement.

The white father was accused of racist behavior and could be heard saying, “That’s my daughter,” to Baraboo School District Superintendent Rainey Briggs, who is black.

“I don’t want her to touch him,” the father explained during the ceremony in late May, according to ‘The New York Post.’

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It remains unknown what exactly prompted the high school senior’s father to so abruptly pressure Briggs, who reportedly said, “Get your hands off me.” Fellow school staff standing nearby seemed stunned by his aggression, as did his own daughter.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a citation indicates the father was charged with disorderly conduct. He is scheduled to appear in Sauk County Circuit Court in August.

According to the news station, a judge ruled that the ill-tempered father will have no contact with Chief Briggs after a temporary restraining order. That hearing is scheduled for June 14.

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State Rep. Francesca Hong spoke about the viral images. “Dr. Briggs is an excellent superintendent who cares deeply about the well-being of all students in the Baraboo District,” she wrote in a repost on Twitter, now known as

“No one should have to endure this kind of abusive and racist behavior,” she added.

Hong explained that the incident shows how “prevalent and problematic” racism is in the state of Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal.

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