A Virginia school district apologized for T-shirt logos that eventually sparked controversy for allegedly resembling the swastika.
The Superintendent of Hanover County Schools, Dr. Michael Gill, posted a statement on the official website which read: “We are deeply sorry for this mistake and for the emotions the logo has evoked by its resemblance to a swastika and, by extension, the atrocities committed under its banner.” Without a doubt, we condemn everything related to the Nazi regime in the strongest possible way.”
The logo on the T-shirts was designed by a teacher from Hanover.
“One of our teachers designed the logo with the intention of representing four hands and arms clasping together – a symbol of unity for our professional learning conference across the province. Nothing more,” the statement read.
“While we are confident that the logo was created with no malicious intent, we understand that this has deeply upset members of our staff and community who view the logo as a swastika. We have stopped distributing the t- shirts with the logo and we are working to remove it from all conference materials.”
Mr Gill continued: “As a school division, we are committed to inclusion and ensure that all students, teachers, staff and community members feel welcome, safe and secure in our schools… We truly regret and find regret that it derives from the great work being accomplished through this conference and throughout the school division, which will help us maintain our time-honored tradition of excellence by supporting all students and their unique needs.”
The Richmond Jewish Community Federation released a statement saying, “We appreciate this prompt response from Chief Inspector Michael Gill.”