A CBS News affiliate in Maine is reporting on Friday about an online photo which has been uncovered – and now going viral - which shows American high school girls engaged in a Nazi salute. The photo clearly shows two girls giving the Nazi salute, face-to-face, while the third girl is sitting on the floor – appearing to accept the Nazi symbol. The girl sitting on the floor between the two Nazi-saluting girls is facing the camera and flashing a peace sign in the photo.
The girls in the photo are members of the Greely High School girls’ basketball team in Cumberland, Maine. They are wearing the school’s basketball uniforms in the photo. Though details regarding the photo’s inspiration are – for the most part – unknown, there are reports that one of the team members is nicknamed “Hitler.”
According to the school’s athletic director who is also the principal, Dan McKeone, the girls have been disciplined for the photo, but how they were disciplined was not disclosed.
WLBZ, the CBS television affiliate out of Bangor, Maine has reported that Jewish and Nazi-related tweets on Twitter also accompany the story. The messages on the social media web site revealed a dislike of a Jewish girl on the team, accompanied by comments of an anti-Semitic nature.
The Jewish-referencing tweets go back as far as Dec. 24 when one message said:
So Jewish to have prac on Christmas Eve day.
Another tweet messaged:
If <name deleted> picked me up, she would’ve made me do sprints, then put me in a gas chamber.
The school became aware of the incidents when a parent of a child who attends the school contacted the school about the anti-Semitic online activities.
The three girls involved with the incidents are apparently minors and therefore their identities remain unpublished.