Man faces charge in Baraboo ‘torch-like device’ incident


BARABOO, Wis. (WMTV) – A man is facing a charge in connection with a late night drive home incident between three adults and students at Baraboo High School, according to a criminal complaint.

According to the criminal complaint released Tuesday, John Kolar faces Count 1, disorderly conduct. Baraboo School District activities director James Langkamp was arrested but no charges were filed on Tuesday. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request from NBC15 News asking if further charges were possible.

The criminal complaint recounts interviews with the teenagers, alleging that Kolar was the most aggressive, loud and brandished a device like a flamethrower.

Ho-Chunk Nation leaders and parents believe more needs to be done to hold adults accountable.

Kiana Beaudin’s son was driving the vehicle that was reportedly stopped by the three men on Wednesday evening. She shared her son’s view that the three men stopped their car and forced the boys out of the vehicle.

Beaudin said his son and another student of color were the only two forced to the ground during the incident. She said other students in the car ran away or weren’t asked to get down. Leaders of the Ho-Chunk Nation called on the US Department of Justice to investigate the incident.

Beaudin’s son recognized Langkamp and no longer feels comfortable at school because of the incident. Beaudin filed a temporary restraining order against Langkamp. Under the restraining order, she says Langkamp can only be near her son while he is acting in an official capacity. Court records show that two other women filed similar restraining orders. Beaudin said Langkamp cannot contact his son until an injunction hearing takes place on Oct. 19.

“When I was granted the restraining order, I burst into tears because it was the first time I felt like someone recognized the seriousness,” Beaudin said.

She hopes the Baraboo School District either fires Langkamp or resigns.

“I want the community to do better,” Beaudin said. “We must do better for our children and for the future. And second, the men must be held accountable for the role they played in this incident.

Baraboo School District communications director Liz Crammond said she has launched an internal investigation into the incident. He is currently on non-disciplinary leave and will not be at school until the investigation is complete.

NBC15 knocked on the doors of Tandom Trail to see if a witness could share what happened, but no one wanted to speak on camera.

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