‘Get away from me’: Dad’s shock move at daughter’s graduation

A father has sparked outrage online after storming the stage at his daughter’s graduation to stop her from shaking hands with the principal.

In a viral video posted online, 49-year-old Matthew Eddy can be seen interrupting a ceremony at Baraboo High School in Wisconsin last week, leaving his daughter murdered on stage as shocked students and staff watched.

The video shows the student walking on stage to receive her diploma while shaking hands with several school district officials.

Moments before we get to Superintendent Rainey Briggs, we see Mr. Eddy rush up the stairs to the stage and push him aside.

“That’s my daughter,” Mr Eddy is heard saying in the video.

“You better get off me, man. Get away from me brother,” Superintendent Briggs replied.

Mr Eddy was later heard to say: “I don’t want him touching it.”

His daughter looked stunned before pausing briefly and walking off the stage.

Many other staff members were seen rushing to the stage.

A motive for Mr Eddy’s actions has not been confirmed.

Many online criticized the 49-year-old’s “disgraceful” behavior and accused him of “ruining” his daughter’s achievement.

“Poor kid you could see the happiness just draining off her face,” one person wrote on X.

“How awful for both supervisor and girl,” wrote another.

“You can see the embarrassment on her face. He took HER moment and made it about him,” said another.

Baraboo School District spokeswoman Hailey Wagner said a school resource officer and two off-duty officers were present at the time of the incident. TIME.

Mr. Eddy was issued a criminal disorderly conduct citation and the charge was forwarded to the Sauk County District Attorney’s Office.

Superintendent Briggs filed a restraining order against Mr. Eddy, Ms. Wagner told the publication.

The Baraboo School District’s school board condemned the father’s behavior in a statement, but did not specifically name Mr. Eddy.

“We do not tolerate threats, intimidation or physical harm to anyone in our school community,” the statement reads.

“No Baraboo School District employee should have to fear for their physical safety while performing their job duties or at any other time.”

“That this adult felt emboldened to behave this way in front of hundreds of students and other adults should deeply disturb us all; this type of behavior will not be tolerated. The Baraboo School District Board of Education condemns such actions and asks the community to take a stand and speak out against this type of behavior that threatens the fabric of our democracy.”

It’s not the first time an American school has made headlines.

In 2018, a photo was posted online showing a number of students posing for the camera while appearing to give the Nazi salute.

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