A group of students at Cypress Ranch High School in Texas gave Nazi salutes while posing for a class photograph, just days after International Holocaust Memorial Day.
Dozens of white students shouted “Heil Hilter, Heil Trump” and launched the offensive pose. The photograph that made its way around social media showed 10 hands appearing to salute but a student at the school claimed there were at least 70 people mimicking the horrific salute.
Another photograph showed a cluster of students in one section of the crowd raising their hands and one other lone supporter in a different area of the bleachers.
One youngster whose siblings attend the school revealed other students claim that teachers did “nothing” to stop them. Another student said she had found swastikas carved into her desk.
this is happening at my siblings' middle and high schools in houston. pic.twitter.com/t7ab0RKuQI— louis "louis" louis (@louismccorgilee) January 31, 2017
“It was pretty terrifying. Most people may think it was just kids just joking around but in the current political climate and the fact these kids are seniors in high school, it’s beyond unacceptable,” said an anonymous student.
Soon after the incident took place, a memo was sent to parents by Cypress Ranch High School.
“Several of our students made the poor choice of displaying inappropriate gestures during this time. Unfortunately, many of these images have been shared on social media. This is extremely disappointing as this is not an accurate representation of our student body. We are currently conducting an investigation and those implicated will be punished according to the Student Code of Conduct,” read the memo.
The school also urged parents to advise against negative social media that perpetuate a false image of their school.
Twitter users came forward with their reactions to the students’ act:
This is what the failure of our educational system looks like. https://t.co/i4QZkoKxrf— Bill Fitzgerald (@funnymonkey) February 3, 2017
Cypress Ranch High School. I just can't. https://t.co/3j8pnCuMt1— Melissa Montgomery (@mmontgomery_) February 3, 2017
70 Texas students shouted, "Heil Hitler" and "Heil Trump" at photo shoot. "It was pretty terrifying." https://t.co/bwR7YDT8aG— Borzou Daragahi (@borzou) February 3, 2017
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