Saturday, December 07, 2019

(JNS) A group of 10 or so members of the boys’ water-polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, made a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi song last year, according to a video first obtained by The Daily Beast.

The video was taken in November 2018 and shared on Snapchat among a small group of students, according to the Garden Grove Unified School District, which, in a statement, said it and the high school “strongly condemn a video recorded last year of some students who engaged in offensive Nazi-related gestures.”

Pacifica High School didn’t know about the video until March, when “school administrators took immediate action and addressed the situation with all students and families involved,” said the district.

Rabbi Peter Levi, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Orange County chapter, criticized the school for allegedly not addressing with the community what transpired.

“Generally speaking, especially when something like this involves a group, we would think a more meaningful approach would be to use this as a learning opportunity, as an opportunity community-wide to state what our values are,” he said.