Outrage over Nazi salutes in private school's matric class photo

Outrage over Nazi salutes in private school's matric class photo

- On Tuesday, a social media user posted a photo of a private school's website which showed several matric learners posing for a class photo with the Nazi salute

- The school has since removed the photo but not before social media users took screenshots

- The image sparked outrage online and was dubbed unacceptable by South Africans

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On Tuesday, a social media user, Alastair Hendricks, took to Twitter to share a screenshot of Somerset West Private School's website.

The screenshot showed the matric class photo on the school's website. What was upsetting to many was that there were several matric learners doing the Nazi salute in the picture.

"Hey @SWPrivateSchool, I have A LOT of questions about the cover photo on your site. What the actual f**k," he captioned the post, tagging the school's Twitter account.

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Outrage over Nazi salutes in private school's matric class photo

Outrage over Nazi salutes in private school's matric class photo. Photo credit: Alastair Hendricks/Twitter.
Source: Twitter

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Briefly.co.za gathered that Hendricks revealed the school took down the photo and allegedly sent him a statement.

The statement, which was signed by the school's founder and principal CM Coetzer, said that the school does not promote or support any political or religious views.

However, they do encourage learners to "develop as individuals, think freely and to express themselves freely."

The principal added that they were informed that some had objections to the matric photo because it appeared that some pupils did the "Roman salute" and the school has thus decided to remove it.

"While we don't believe the learners intended to offend anyone, we have removed the photograph from the website," he added.
Outrage over Nazi salutes in private school's matric class photo

Somerset West Private School's statement. Photo credit: Alastair Hendricks/Twitter.
Source: Twitter

However, Mzansi was not buying the Roman salute statement.

Natasha Anders, who goes by the Twitter handle @satyne1, commented: "Because of course the kids were referencing the Romans when they did it. Nothing more than that, guys. Just the Romans. Naturally the first thing we think of when we see that salute is the Romans. Not Nazis! Never Nazis."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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