Nazi-salute dance proposal

A Minnetonka student posted an image to Instagram of her Sweetheart's Dance proposal. Both students appear to be giving Nazi salutes.

MINNETONKA— An official from Minnetonka Public Schools says the district is aware of a controversial post on Instagram in which a Minnetonka student and her date give what appear to be Nazi salutes.

The sign reads “Sweethearts would be a Hit(ler) with you, and I could Nazi myself going with anyone else. Be Mein? Yes, Nein.”

Underneath, the caption includes the text, “Also I would like to state I am not anti-Semitic in any way, I hate all races equally.”

Minnetonka High School Principal Jeff Erickson stated in a message to parents and students on Thursday, Jan. 17, that the anti-Semitic post in "no way aligns with our school core values: Do the right thing, and represent us well."

His message to parents and students continues on to say: "The students involved have since removed the message; I will not go into the specific details of what it said. As with any student disciplinary matter, we are governed by data privacy laws and will not be sharing details about the students or the consequences they will face for their actions. Please know that we take this matter seriously and are committed to ensuring a safe, positive environment for all students.

"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."

The photo was later shared to social media by a concerned parent. Alumni and parents of the district are sharing the image on Facebook.

The student’s private Instagram account has a bio that reads “I apologize for my stupid mistake. There was no intent to offend anyone. Dm (direct message) me if you would like to discuss anything.”

Lara is a regional reporter for Southwest News Media.

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