Some Maine high school girls basketball players are receiving heat for a Nazi salute photo that is making the rounds. The girls are from the Greely High School team, and they are facing disciplinary action after the photo was discovered. WLBZ shared the details on Feb. 7.
An anonymous letter was sent to school officials last week detailing the incident and the Nazi salute photo. Two members of the team, in their basketball uniforms, were giving the Nazi salute. The letter also laid out three pages of tweets the girls posted that included anti-Semetic language and jokes. They allegedly often referred to a teammate as “Hitler.” The tweets apparently included jokes about being put in the gas chamber.
The Greely High School principal says he has spoken to the basketball players involved, and he doesn't think they intended bias or hate. They are minors, so their identities have not been reveled, nor would the principal detail what kind of discipline they received. The parents of the entire team received a letter about the incident which detailed the efforts the school will undertake to teach a bit more respect and tolerance. The school will also be having an assembly to discuss hate speech, prejudice and bullying. The principal, Dan McKeone, says, “These were kids that made a mistake, and they learned from it, and they're moving forward.”
Have you seen the Nazi salute photo from the girls? Do you think the school seems to have handled it sufficiently? The prevalence of social media in the lives of teenagers has definitely changed things when it comes to careless, insensitive or offensive remarks. Will these girls truly have learned a lesson now?