Viral Photo of Students Performing Nazi Salute Condemned by School

Some students from a school district in Southern California are being condemned for a photo that appears to show them performing a Nazi salute while standing around a swastika made out of red cups.

Some of the students were identified in the photo as students or recent graduates of Newport Harbor High School, the Los Angeles Times reported. Other high schools in the district include Costa Mesa, Estancia, Early College, and Corona del Mar.

The photos were reportedly taken while the students were attending a party that was not affiliated with the high school. The Newport Mesa Unified School District issued a statement, condemning the photos, saying school officials were made aware of the images over the weekend and are working to get more information about them.

"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," said the Newport Mesa Unified School District in a statement.

Rep. Katie Porter, who represents the district the students are from, issued a statement, condemning the students' behavior.

"I condemn this display of a hateful, anti-semitic symbol and call on parents and community leaders to redouble our efforts to educate young people about the history of violence against Jewish people worldwide, wrote Porter. "This has no place in Orange County."

Students at a high school in Minneapolis made national headlines earlier this year after two students were seen throwing Nazi salutes over a Hitler-themed invite to a school-dance. Another group of students in Wisconsin were condemned after they appeared to give the Nazi salute while taking prom photos.

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