Wisconsin state superintendent obtains restraining order against parent who pushed him

A judge in Wisconsin issued a temporary restraining order against the father of a high school student who was seen on video pushing the school inspector away from his daughter as she was receiving her diploma.

The viral incident occurred at Baraboo High School's May 31 graduation ceremony, which was streamed live on YouTube.

In the video, which garnered widespread attention online, the father, whose name PEOPLE is not using to avoid potentially identifying his daughter, is seen shoving the black Baraboo school superintendent Rainey Briggs before his daughter can shake his hand.

In the video, Briggs can be heard saying, “Get away from me, brother,” as the crowd begins to boo.

In the video, someone can be heard saying, “I don't want her to touch him,” and identifying the student as his daughter. However, it is not clear if this was said by the father, who was not in the camera's frame at the time.

The video has led to accusations of racism, including from Wisconsin State Representative Francesca Wong, who called the incident “gross” and “racist” in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

In a statement seen by PEOPLE, the Baraboo School Board condemned the parents' actions.

“The fact that this adult felt emboldened to behave in this way in front of hundreds of students and other adults should be deeply concerning to us all; this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” the reported statement said, among other things.

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A Baraboo Police spokesman did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for information.

The Journal Sentinel reported that Briggs filed for a temporary restraining order against the parent. Online court records show the restraining order was issued on June 3 and a hearing on the restraining order is scheduled for June 14. The applicant is not identified by name in the online records.

This incident is not the first time Baraboo High School has made national headlines. In 2018, several students gave the Nazi salute in a prom photo posted online.