According to CNN, days after a Holocaust survivor visited a school in California, flyers with Nazi swastikas were posted around the school.
The flyers were discovered at Newport Harbor High School on Sunday morning. Although posting flyers is not a crime, they were promptly removed and police are investigating the situation.
In a statement, the school principal, Sean Boulton said: "Again we condemn all acts of anti-Semitism and hate in all their forms. We will continue to be vigilant with our stance, and the care of our students and staff."
One Newport Harbor High School senior, Max Drakeford, said the episode was "super disheartening -- a step backward."
Drakeford’s grandmother survived the Holocaust. He said the posters “send a message that we aren’t welcome at our own school.”
Mayor of neighboring city Costa Mesa, Katrina Foley, spoke about the flyers, saying "That tells me that there is a small group of people who want to intimidate students from speaking out. We should not allow that to happen, she told CNN's Sara Sidner. "They are trying to intimidate an entire community from speaking out."
Rabbi Reuven Mintz has been working with the school district to give students an education about the Holocaust. He believes the posters were not put up by students, but by an outside group. After hearing reports of the swastika flyers, Mintz brought in Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and stepsister of Anne Frank, to talk to the students.
Schloss gave an honest account of the horrors she endured during the Holocaust. She spoke about the gassing of Jewish people and how disabled people and their children were targeted. Her words elicited tears from many of the students in the audience.
Some students even wrote open letters to the Jewish community and city to apologize for the incident, saying that they could have spoken up and stopped the flyers from being displayed.
The teenager who posted photos of the flyers on Snapchat wrote: "I had the opportunity to step up and voice that what was going on was not right. I also had the choice to leave but I did not and for that I am so very sorry."
Another student wrote: "Please give us the chance to show who we really are. We can't erase what we did, but we have to try to make it better and show you we are not the people we seemed to be during a few minutes of stupidity."
Mintz said, “I’ve seen amazing things from these students. They really want to be outspoken advocates against hate. These kids are being transformed.”