California High School Students Seen Giving 'Heil Hitler' Salute, Singing Nazi Marching Song
The video, which was recorded in 2018, reportedly shows some members of the water polo team.
Video appearing to show a group of California high school students giving the Nazi salute has surfaced.
The eight-second clip also appears to show the teenagers, who reportedly attend Pacifica High School outside Los Angeles, saluting as they sing a German World War II-era marching song.
The video was filmed in November 2018 before “an after-school hours, off-campus student athletics banquet in an empty and unsupervised room at the facility,” the Garden Grove Unified School District said in a statement.
A small group of students shared the video with each other on Snapchat, but it was not brought to the administration’s attention until March 2019, the district said.
Authorities said they “strongly condemn” the actions of the students in the video and said they took “immediate action” to address the incident with the teens and their families.
It was not immediately clear what, if any, punishment was meted out to the students involved.
The district would not give details of how the students were disciplined, saying federal law protects student records, CNN reported.
The video, which was first obtained by the Daily Beast, is the latest to picture teenagers evoking Nazi imagery.
Last year, several teens in Wisconsin were seen giving the Nazi salute while posing for prom photos.
Those students were not punished by their school district, which decided after a 10-day review they were protected under the First Amendment.
More recently, in March, students in Southern California were seen playing beer pong with cups formed in the shape of a swastika. Anne Frank’s stepsister, Eva Schloss, visited the students to explain why the symbol was painful and offensive.
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