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Dad who disrupted daughter’s graduation in viral incident says it wasn’t about race

The white father who refused to let his daughter shake the hand of a Black superintendent during her high school graduation in Wisconsin reportedly said it was not due to race.

Matthew Eddy allegedly told police that his behavior during last week’s Baraboo High School graduation — which was caught on video and has since gone viral online — was instead driven by a personal history with superintendent Rainey Briggs, according to a police report obtained by TMZ on Friday.

On May 31, Eddy walked onto the stage and physically pushed Briggs out of the way so his daughter wouldn’t shake his hand.

Eddy elaborated the move was because he had “past issues with Rainey and dislike[d] him,” and didn’t want Briggs to have the satisfaction of shaking his daughter’s hand.

The police report notes that the father was vague when pressed for further details, but added that he regretted his actions for how it affected his daughter.

Briggs, meanwhile, has claimed that his relationship to Eddy is “random,” and has since obtained a restraining order against him.

In his petition for the order, Briggs recounted that during the incident, Eddy “approached the stage quickly and put both of his hands on me to push me out of the way stating, ‘You are not going to touch my f—ing daughter.’”

He then “created space” between himself and Eddy and told him to get his hands off of him, the petition continued.

A judge granted the temporary restraining order on Monday, with a hearing on the matter scheduled for for June 14, reported NBC News.

Eddy was also issued a summons for disorderly conduct after he was ejected from school grounds following the incident

Baraboo High School previously made headlines in 2018, when a photo emerged from a pre-junior prom event, showing a group of students doing the Nazi salute.


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