A high school principal and Twin Cities Jewish leaders have condemned a picture circulating on social media showing two students doing Nazi salutes and holding a sign that references Adolf Hitler.
According to TC Jewfolk, the now-deleted picture features two Minnetonka High School seniors, whose identities have not been verified, and was shared to a Finstagram account (when you create a second Instagram account on which you can post what you like.)
It depicts an apparent invite to a Valentine's Day event, with the male and female students displaying "Sieg Heil" salutes and holding up a sign that says: "Sweethearts would be a Hit(ler) w/ you, and I could Nazi myself going w/ anyone else. Be mein? Yes or Nein."
In the caption below the picture, the girl who apparently uploaded it wrote: "Also I would like to state that I am not anti-semitic in any way. I hate all races equally."
The post was eventually picked up and shared by other students, making its way onto wider social media and sparking condemnation.
"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) is deeply disturbed by the egregious anti-Semitic image circulating on social media depicting two Minnetonka High School students using the Nazi salute and making cruel and offensive jokes," said Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), in a statement.
"Such images both insult the memory of Hitler’s victims, as well as the heroic Minnesotans who fought to defeat Nazism."
Also responding was Minnetonka High School principal Jeff Erickson, who in a letter to parents said he won't be sharing any details about the students or the consequences they face for their actions, but did say "we take this matter seriously."
"This deeply offensive message in no way aligns with our school core values: do the right thing and represent us well.
"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."