Webster Groves notifies parents about digital swastika

ST. LOUIS, MO — Parents of Webster Groves High School students received an email from the district concerning a swastika incident on Monday. Parents were informed a student made swastika by using another student’s photo. This wasn’t the first time the school has had problems this year.

Parents reacted with shock to the principal’s letter. The swastika was spotted on a student’s phone. Students have seen the Nazi symbol on other place on campus.

“I’ve seen it in the bathrooms,” said Maia Ford.

The symbols were also found in a stairwell. School officials are still looking for the people responsible.

Experts said there is obviously a disconnect between some students and what the swastika represents. The horrible tragedy of the holocaust and how the symbol is so strongly connected to the murders of millions of Jews. Karen Aroesty is the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, she said her organization has been offering educational programs concerning racism, hate, prejudice and acceptance at the school.

“It worries me because if the school is doing a variety of programs kids aren’t listening and I would like to know where the disconnect is," said Aroesty.

So, what’s the solution? Aroesty said it’s up to each and everyone one of us, “It’s by the way not about political correctness it’s not about sensitivity training it’s just about being nice and not being a bully.”

Katrina Meredith’s children attend Webster, “I really like the school district I think they’ll take care of it because they don’t let things like that fall to the side.”

Aroesty said it’s not just Webster Groves, that similar things are happening at high schools across the area.


Message from the Webster Groves School District:

Dear Families:

I’m writing to let you know that this weekend, we learned through social media that a student here created a digital swastika using a photo of the face of one of our students. Administrators here responded quickly by beginning an investigation into this incident.

I can assure you that this kind of behavior has no place in our school and will not be tolerated. We are committed to promoting understanding and respect for all. If your child talks about witnessing any other such disrespectful incidents or you see anything questionable yourself, please call any administrator at the High School. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Jon Clark