Ten-year-old William Ghassemi, much like any young lad, gets a kick out of dressing up. But the fifth grader’s choice of costume caused quite the outcry when he walked into his school Thursday wearing olive fatigues, a homemade swastika and a painted-on mini mustachio, says Fox News on Oct. 4. He was instantly recognized as the 12-year German chancellor and notorious Jew killer, Adolf Hitler.
Ghassemi attends the Dorsthill Community Primary School in the town of Tamworth in Staffordshire, England, and decided to dress up as the hated German dictator during the school’s “Fire & Flames” World War II commemoration event.
When school officials caught sight of the mini Führer, they were none too pleased. Ghassemi was made to remove the red swastika armband and told to wash off the iconic mustache.
Davina Ghassemi, the boy’s mother, received a call from the school advising her of what happened and that her son’s consume “extremely inappropriate.”
Davina thinks the school is overreacting, saying that when her son came home with the workshop letter, “He said straight away, ‘I want to be Hitler.’ I wasn’t sure at first, but William said Hitler was kind of the lead character in the whole war and someone should play him.”
Davina says her son is a history buff, and even at a young age, understands fully who Hitler is. William dressed as the ultimate villain, “only to capture the accuracy of the time period.”
“I think the school has gone completely over the top,” Davina said. “At first I was taken aback, but then I got angry that William had been treated in this way.”
School Headmaster Tony Hand disagrees.
“We thought a pupil dressed as Hitler conveyed completely the wrong idea of what the day was about,” Hand said. “We think other parents will agree with our decision.”
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