Nearly a dozen high school students in Southern California gave Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song during an awards ceremony last year, according to video reviewed by The Daily Beast.
The video, uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, shows 10 athletes throwing the salute once used to greet Adolf Hitler while singing a Nazi marching song played for German troops during World War II.
Lyrics to the song were also posted to the athletes’s Instagram bio.
After the video expired, the athlete removed the reference, reports the news outlet.
A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School district said the school administrators first became aware of the incident and video four months later in March, but did not say if they disciplined any of the students seen in the video.
“While the district cannot comment on student discipline, the school did address this situation with all involved students and families,” the spokesperson said. “The district adheres to strong policies about harassment and cultural sensitivity, and we condemn all acts of anti-Semitism and hate in all forms. We remain focused on educating students about cultural sensitivity and are committed to holding students accountable, educating them on the consequences of their choices, and the impact these actions have on our schools and community at large.”
However, one parent of a Pacifica student expressed concern that educators never addressed the video with the school community, even after it circulated widely among students, and one current student said administrators never discussed the incident.
Peter Simi, a professor on extremism studies at Chapman University who lives near the school in Orange County, wondered how the teens learned about the historically obscure song.
“It’s not something you’d expect somebody to accidentally know about,” Simi said. “There’s some means by which they acquired knowledge about the song and associated Nazi issues. Are they on websites or web forums or other social media platforms where they’re engaging with others informed on these issues?”