MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials with the Minnetonka Public School District say they are looking into a controversial picture posted to social media that shows students using an apparent Nazi salute in a dance proposal.
The picture, posted to a private Instagram page, shows an apparent Sweetheart’s Dance proposal by a Minnetonka High School student. It was later shared on social media by a concerned parent.
The two students are holding a sign that makes several Nazi references.
A representative of Minnetonka Public Schools said they are aware of the photo and the “administration is taking care of it.”
Jeff Erickson, principal at Minnetonka High School, released this statement to students and parents Thursday night:
I’d like to address an anti-Semitic social media post connected to an upcoming school event that has been circulating today. This deeply offensive message in no way aligns with our school core values: do the right thing and represent us well.
The students involved have since removed the message; I will not go into the specific details of what it said. As with any student disciplinary matter, we are governed by data privacy laws and will not be sharing details about the students or the consequences they will face for their actions. Please know that we take this matter seriously and are committed to ensuring a safe, positive environment for all students.
Our foundation as a school community is built on respect, kindness and consideration to others. Our work in this area is ongoing, and it is one of our highest priorities. As a greater school community, I ask that you continue the dialogue around these core values. As a school, we will do so, as well.