A Virginia school district apologized for the T-shirt logo that eventually sparked controversy because they allegedly resembled the swastika.
Hannover County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gill released a statement on the official website, saying: “We are deeply sorry for this error and for the emotion the sign caused by resembling a swastika, and in turn regret the atrocities. Both was committed under its banner. Without a doubt, we condemn in the strongest possible terms anything to do with the Nazi regime.”
The logo on the T-shirt was designed by a Hannover teacher.
“One of our teachers designed the logo to represent the four hands and arms grasping together – a symbol of unity for our countywide professional learning conference. That’s all,” the statement read.
“While we believe the logo was created with no ill intentions, we understand it is deeply disturbing to our employees and community members who believe the logo resembles a swastika. We have stopped distributing t-shirts with the logo and we are working on Remove it from all meeting materials.”
Mr. Gill continued, “As a district, we are committed to inclusion and ensuring that all students, staff and community members feel welcome, safe and secure in our schools… We truly regret this mistake and are sorry for that It has been distracted by this meeting and the great work being done across the school sector that will help us continue our longstanding tradition of excellence by supporting all students and their unique needs.”
“We thank Superintendent Michael Gill for his swift response,” the Richmond Jewish Community Federation said in a statement.