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Despite a viral video showing the contrary, a Baraboo High School parent charged with disorderly conduct for disrupting a graduation ceremony falsely claimed that the superintendent initiated physical contact during the disruption. “I didn’t touch him until he touched me,” Matthew Eddy told Baraboo Police Officer Brandon Meyer, according to a video of their conversation recorded minutes after the incident. Video of Eddy’s May 31 on-stage stunt, during which he placed his request to Baraboo School District Superintendent Dr. Rainey Briggs to prevent him from shaking hands with Eddy’s daughter, made headlines across the country, questioning whether his actions were motivated by race. Eddy and his daughter are white. Briggs is black. “I didn’t want him to be able to shake her (expletive) hand because she doesn’t deserve it,” Eddy tells Meyer, according to the video. Eddy does not mention Briggs’ race, according to a video that was filmed and obtained by 12 News Investigates under Wisconsin’s Open Records Act. “I am not aware of any allegations that Dr. Briggs did anything to your daughter,” a district administrator who participated in the interview with Eddy and Meyer said in the recording. “No, it wasn’t him specifically,” Eddy replies. Rather, he reveals that he was upset by what he perceived as a slight towards his daughter during a previous meeting with district officials. He did not specify what led to the meeting, but said the topic was potential expulsion. “He rolled his eyes when I mentioned that the same thing happened to her, and it really pissed me off,” Eddy recalled in the video, referring to Briggs. “She was fired for doing the same thing that was done to her, and nothing was done to the previous people,” he said, without going into details of the incident. The administrator and Meyer told Eddy there were better ways to handle any perceived complaints against Briggs or the district. “You can’t jump on stage right before you graduate,” Meyer said. “I’m sure you know what’s going to happen.” “Oh yeah, for sure,” Eddy replied. “We can’t do what we did today because think about how your daughter feels right now, man,” Meyer added. On June 6, Sauk County prosecutors charged Eddy with a single count of disorderly conduct. “Based on Matthew’s explanation of the events, I believe this may have been something he had planned in advance,” Meyer wrote in the police report. an attorney listed in court records for the case did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrest and Eddy’s claims in the video. Briggs has also since filed a restraining order against Eddy. “Matthew quickly walked up to the stage and put both hands on me to push me out of the way, stating, ‘You will not touch my (expletive) daughter,’” Briggs wrote in a statement, according to court records. “Matthew then started pushing me and hitting me and I hit him again. I put my hands out to keep Matthew away from me. This took place in front of 2-3 thousand people. “I hope you feel remorse,” Meyer tells Eddy in the recording after the incident. “Kind of for her sake,” Eddy replies. “I’ll be embarrassed about this as soon as I get out of here.” Top Headlines Wauwatosa School Board Considers Closing Two Middle Schools 3 Children Exposed to Cocaine, Wisconsin Couple Arrested After 911 Call Authorities Start Towing Abandoned Vehicles at Milwaukee Park and Rides

Despite a viral video showing the contrary, a Baraboo High School parent charged with disorderly conduct for disrupting a graduation ceremony falsely claimed that the superintendent initiated physical contact during the disruption.

“I didn’t touch him until he touched me,” Matthew Eddy told Baraboo Police Officer Brandon Meyer, according to a recording of their conversation recorded minutes after the incident.

Video of Eddy’s on-stage stunt on May 31, during which he placed his hands on Baraboo School District Superintendent Dr. Rainey Briggs to prevent him from shaking hands with Eddy’s daughter, made national headlines with questions about whether his actions were racially motivated.

Eddy and his daughter are white. Briggs is black.

“I didn’t want him to be able to shake her (expletive) hand because that’s not what he deserved from her,” Eddy tells Meyer, according to the video.

Video obtained by 12 News Investigates through Wisconsin’s Open Records Act shows Eddy makes no mention of Briggs’ race.

“I am not aware of any allegations that Dr. Briggs did anything to your daughter,” a district administrator who participated in the interview with Eddy and Meyer said in the recording.

“No, it wasn’t him specifically,” Eddy replies.

Rather, he reveals that he was upset by what he perceived as a slight towards his daughter during a previous meeting with district officials. He did not specify the incident that led to the meeting, but said the topic of the meeting was potential expulsion.

“He rolled his eyes when I mentioned the same thing happened to her, and it really pissed me off,” Eddy recalled in the video, referring to Briggs. “She was expelled for doing the same thing that was done to her, and nothing was done to the previous people,” he said, without going into details of the incident.

The administrator and Meyer told Eddy there were better ways to handle any complaints against Briggs or the district.

“You can’t jump on stage right before you graduate,” Meyer said. “Like you obviously knew what was going to happen.”

“Oh yeah, definitely,” Eddy replied.

“We can’t do what we did today because think, man, how your daughter feels right now,” Meyer added.

On June 6, Sauk County prosecutors charged Eddy with a single count of disorderly conduct.

“Based on Matthew’s explanation of the events, I believe this may have been something he had planned in advance,” Meyer wrote in the police report.

An attorney listed in court records for the case did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrest and Eddy’s claims in the video.

Briggs has since also filed for a restraining order against Eddy.

“Matthew quickly walked up to the stage and put both hands on me to push me out of the way, stating, ‘You will not touch my (expletive) daughter,’” Briggs wrote in the statement, according to court records. “Matthew then started pushing and prying me and I put my hands out again to keep Matthew away from me. This happened in front of 2-3 thousand people.”

“I hope you feel remorse,” Meyer tells Eddy in the video after the incident.

“A little for her own good,” Eddy replies. “I’ll be ashamed of this as soon as I get out of here.”

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