A California college district has confirmed that college students from one among its excessive faculties are pictured in a viral picture exhibiting individuals bearing swastikas on their our bodies.
An investigation was launched earlier this week after a picture that includes a bunch of eight younger individuals posing with swastikas painted on their our bodies appeared in a preferred social media submit. Wheatland Union Excessive College District officers later admitted that the picture featured college students from Wheatland Union Excessive College, which is positioned in Northern California’s Yuba County.
“I can verify that the scholars within the image are Wheatland Union Excessive College college students,” Wheatland Union Excessive College District Superintendent Nicole Newman stated in a Thursday letter to stakeholders obtained by Newsweek. “On account of that affirmation, my workforce and I are in shut communication with district authorized counsel, as we take disciplinary motion.”
“There isn’t any denying that, the alternatives made by the scholars within the image have been hurtful and deeply troubling,” she added. “Their actions don’t signify who we’re as a college district and group.”
Newman stated that the kind of punishment the scholars could be given would rely upon “the info yielded by the disciplinary course of” and “the authorized parameters we’re certain by as a district.”
In an earlier assertion, the superintendent stated that the district was “investigating a number of social media posts made by college students of our faculty,” whereas stressing guidelines in opposition to “any discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying of any scholar or workers member.”
The image exhibits the smiling college students, who’re all white, posing with swastikas and “SS” symbols, representing Nazi chief Adolf Hitler’s paramilitary group, painted in varied locations on their our bodies. One of many college students might be seen making an “OK” gesture, one thing that has been related to white supremacists in far newer instances.
“I do not know any of the children or who the dad and mom are,” Chris Singleton, the mum or dad of a district scholar, advised KOVR earlier this week. “I simply say individuals have to be taught a bit higher not to try this form of factor.”
“I might hope, already in highschool, youngsters know what a swastika is,” added native resident Duane Tubandt. “The image alone is how a lot hatred there was for a particular class of individuals… It was devastating how many individuals have been killed in that genocide.”
A number of different related Nazi-inspired highschool hate incidents have occurred lately, together with a number of incidents that happened in California.
Photographs of a 2019 social gathering in Orange County, California that confirmed highschool college students giving Nazi salutes close to a show of plastic crimson cups organized within the form of a swastika sparked outrage and a police investigation.
Earlier this 12 months, a highschool trainer in Sacramento was additionally investigated and positioned on depart after displaying a Nazi swastika flag throughout a lesson, in line with KCRA.