The Newport Beach Police Department in California has launched an investigation into images reportedly showing high school students standing around a swastika formed out of red solo plastic cups and holding their arms up in an apparent Nazi salute.
The Orange County Register reports that students from Newport Harbor High School appear in the photo.
Photos of a high school party shared all over social media showing red cups in a swastika shape all while doing the Nazi salute sparking outrage in the Orange County community. Students and parents spoke with @KimTobinNBCLA tonight. @NBCLA @TELEMUNDO52 pic.twitter.com/wSIW17O9j1
— Katherine Picazo (@KatPicazoo) March 4, 2019
“We continue to gather information regarding the conduct of these students and work with law enforcement,” Newport Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Adriana Angulo told The Hill.
“We remain focused on educating students on all aspects of life’s challenges 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.”
Newport Mesa Unified School District board president Charlene Metoyer said she was “devastated” by the image and confirmed to the local news outlet that several of the individuals in the photo are students who attend Newport Harbor High School.
“As a school board, we’re not only concerned by the underage drinking, but also the mental health of the students who participated in this horrendous act and all their fellow students who will be affected by it. This is appalling to not just our Jewish student community, but to all of us who care about human rights,” she said.
She added that the incident took place at an off-campus party over the weekend.
In a post on Twitter, Rep. Katie Porter (D) said she condemned the “hateful, anti-semitic symbol and call on parents and community leaders to redouble our efforts to educate young people about the history of violence against Jewish people worldwide.”
I condemn this display of a hateful, anti-semitic symbol and call on parents and community leaders to redouble our efforts to educate young people about the history of violence against Jewish people worldwide. This has no place in Orange County. https://t.co/Fo8FNrwJCV
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) March 3, 2019