Nazi salutes em­bar­rass Gram­mar

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An em­bar­rass­ing scan­dal in which five Auck­land Gram­mar stu­dents were caught hail­ing Nazi in­signia is the sec­ond high-pro­file in­ci­dent for the school this year.

On Fri­day the school be­came aware of pho­tos posted on the so­cial net­work­ing site Face­book, which showed the boys kiss­ing a swastika, mak­ing a Nazi salute and kneel­ing in homage be­fore a flag.

The pic­tures were taken ear­lier in the year af­ter a trip to the Auck­land War Memo­rial Mu­seum.

Yes­ter­day the stu­dents apol­o­gised to mu­seum staff and ex­plained why they were bow­ing and salut­ing to the Nazi sym­bols.

The lat­est in­ci­dent comes af­ter four Gram­mar stu­dents were dis­ci­plined in Au­gust fol­low­ing a brawl that broke out against Kel­ston Boys High School in a rugby semi­fi­nal.

The fight be­gan af­ter Auck­land Gram­mar won the match 20-9, with sev­eral spec­ta­tors from the re­serves get­ting in­volved too. The four play­ers missed the fi­nal af­ter an Auck­land Rugby dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee made the de­ci­sion to sus­pend them.

Auck­land Gram­mar prin­ci­pal John Mor­ris says the re­cent in­ci­dent hap­pened at the beginning of the year but the pic­tures only came to the at­ten­tion of the school af­ter a for­mer pupil saw them on Face­book.

Mr Mor­ris says there is “ab­so­lutely no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the im­ma­ture and un­think­ing ac­tions of the boys”.

The boys will face un­spec­i­fied dis­ci­plinary action.

Holo­caust Mu­seum di­rec­tor Inge Woolf said she would like a meet­ing be­tween the pupils and Holo­caust sur­vivors such as her­self.

“It’s very up­set­ting for any­one who un­der­stands how ter­ri­ble the Nazis were,” she says.

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