By Bassel Barakat
Zionsville High School is investigating a picture shows ten out of fourteen students in the photo appear to be making the Nazi gesture.
The photo was posted on Instagram by one of the students with a caption said, “Rumblin bumblers isn’t just a indoor soccer team, we are a cultural phenomenon.”
According to the Superintendent Scott Robison, a student saw the photo on social media. Then it was forwarded to a teacher, who forwarded it to him.
“A full investigation into the matter will begin as soon as students return to campus on Friday,” he said.
A similar photo of a group of Wisconsin high schools prompted officials there to develop an educational plan, including student trips to a Holocaust museum.
According to the Zionsville High School Code of Conduct, the students involved in this picture posted on Instagram could face suspension or expulsion. That will all depends on the school’s investigation, the CBS4 reported.
Superintendent Robison’s full statement:
Dear ZCS Families, Faculty, Staff, and Board of Trustees:
This evening I have been made aware of a photograph taken at
Zionsville Community High School in which 10 of the 14 students pictured appear to be performing a Nazi salute. The picture was posted on Instagram and subsequently sent to me by a teacher who received it from a concerned student.
High school leaders’ investigation of the matter will begin when students return to campus tomorrow.
The photograph is sickening to me. It is, of course, beyond offensive to students, staff, parents, extended family members and to an inestimable number of people in the wider world where it will forever reside because of social media’s ubiquity. The image simultaneously misrepresents and damages the school community where thoughtful and principled citizens abound.
Zionsville Community Schools is an organization with a core mission captured sufficiently by just two words: student growth. Gestures of hatred are inconsistent with this mission, and they are not tolerated. Our school community’s efforts to foster cultural understanding will proceed, though they are set back mightily by this repugnant image.