Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Suburban Atlanta elementary school sparks outrage with logo resembling Nazi insignia

The Cobb County School District has been rocked by a series of antisemitism scandals

A suburban Atlanta elementary school’s new logo is raising eyebrows over its similarity to a symbol associated with Nazi Germany.

The logo depicts the blocky silhouette of a large bird, wings outstretched, clutching the elementary school’s initials — a design similar to that of the Nazi Eagle, sometimes also referred to as the War Eagle, a stylized eagle clasping a swastika that became a symbol of power after Hitler seized control of the German government.

Maria Clark, principal of East Side Elementary School in Cobb County, sent an email on Monday to parents stating that the school will “pause” to “consider the feedback” on the logo.

On Twitter, a woman who identified herself as a Jewish mother of a student at the elementary school wrote in response to Clark’s email that “the district should apologize to all East Side families for the harm that this has caused,” and mentioned a fall 2021 incident in which the boys’ bathroom of a Cobb County high school was vandalized with Nazi rhetoric.

“The problem here is the pattern,” the Twitter user wrote. “That’s why so many people are having a hard time believing this was unintentional.”

After the high school incident, the Cobb County School Board passed a resolution to establish “its continued commitment to take proactive steps to address antisemitism, racism and all other forms of hate in Cobb County School District.”

In February, East Cobb Middle School was the center of an antisemitism scandal after multiple students wore armbands featuring swastikas to school and recorded themselves performing a Nazi salute on social media.

In a statement, Dov Wilker, director of the Atlanta branch of the American Jewish Committee, wrote that it was “troubling that nobody in the Cobb County schools recognized why this logo would be problematic… The school should do more than review the logo. It must be discarded immediately.” He added that “pretending antisemitism doesn’t exist won’t make it go away.”

In an interview, Wilker said that “the school district, board, teachers and students should go through extensive training on how to solve and mitigate antisemitism within the community,” especially, he said, as Cobb County, where the Jewish Leo Frank was lynched in 1915, has a longstanding history of antisemitism.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

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