An unfortunate series of social media posts have the residents of a well-to-do Southern California community reeling.
The posts feature images of a group of teenagers giving the Nazi salute over red plastic cups that were arranged in a swastika.
Now, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is working together with local police to identify if any of their students were involved and possibly drinking underage.
“We were recently made aware of social media postings involving some students who created inappropriate anti-Semitic symbols, and possible underage drinking,” Adriana Angulo said as school spokesperson. “While these actions did not occur on any school campus or school function, we condemn all acts of anti-Semitism and hate in all their forms.”
She also said, “We continue to gather information regarding the conduct of these students and work with law enforcement.”
Meanwhile the mayor of Costa Mesa, Katrina Foley, stated that the teens should not be considered villains, but misguided youths. Calling for the community to come together to solve the issue.
“While we take seriously and object to this hateful activity, I discourage vilification of these teens,” Foley said. “Instead, we need to seriously address why teens in our community might think these types of hateful symbols are acceptable or funny and worthy of selfies.”