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Indiana school investigating after student swastika photo

(Photo Provided/Daleville Community Schools)

DALEVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana school is investigating after a photo posted on social media appeared to show students forming a swastika on the gym floor.

Daleville Community Schools Superintendent Paul Garrison said in a Saturday statement that school officials are “shocked by apparent actions of the students” shown in the social media images.

After the investigation, school officials say they’ll determine the course of action. The photo shows nine students, most of whom are lying on their backs, making the shape of a swastika.

All have their arms raised in an apparent Nazi salute. 

Superintendent of Daleville Community Schools Paul Garrison released the following statement on the school’s website in response to the photo:

Daleville Community Schools will not tolerate acts of racism, bias, unlawful harassment, or discrimination of any kind and we are profoundly disappointed and shocked by the apparent actions of the students as depicted in the images we have seen posted on social media. 

This type of insensitive behavior is devastating to our school community and in no way does this incident represent the high expectations we have for our students, teachers, staff, and administrators.

We are fully aware of the situation and it is under investigation. Once that process is complete, we will determine an appropriate course of action and will follow all applicable policies and law. We urge any student or staff member with information about this incident to contact their school Principal or the Superintendent.

Paul Garrison, Superintendent