Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Teens Arrange Beer Cups In Shape Of Swastika, Play Drinking Game

A southern California school district sent a letter to parents apologizing after images spread on social media showed students partying while giving Nazi salutes and playing drinking games with cups arranged in the shape of a swastika.

“We were recently made aware of social media postings involving some students who created inappropriate anti-semitic symbols, and possible underage drinking,” a letter from the leaders of the Newport-Mesa United School District said. “While these actions did not occur on any school campus or school function, we condemn all acts of anti-semitism and hate in all their forms.”

The president of the school district told local news station KCAL that they had had an emergency meeting on Sunday to address the incident, which involved students or recent graduates of Newport Harbor High School.

Newport Harbor student Bianca Lutz told the Los Angeles Times that some of her Jewish friends were scared by the incident, and that she was “extremely disturbed by the ignorance of those at the party.”

The Anti-Defamation League runs educational programming at several area schools but not at Newport Harbor, the organization’s regional director confirmed to the L.A. Times.

In the past school year, high school students in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been disciplined for doing Nazi salutes and posting photos of their actions online.

Contact Aiden Pink at pink@forward.com or on Twitter, @aidenpink

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

  • UPCOMING EVENT

    NY-12 Candidate Forum

    THE TEMPLE EMANU-EL STREICKER CENTER and Virtual

    Aug 10, 2022

    7 pm ET · 

    Will the last Jew left in New York’s congressional delegation be reelected? Will New York’s senior congresswoman receive another term? Or will one of the newcomers upend Manhattan politics?

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, and credit to Foward. Have questions? Please email us at help@forward.com.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.