A varsity girls basketball program in Southern Maine finds itself under fire for one of the ugliest actions imaginable: giving a Nazi salute.
As reported by the Associated Press and a variety of Maine outlets, including Bangor CBS affiliate WLBZ, a photo surfaced online depicting three members of the Greely (Me.) High girls basketball team celebrating a Nazi salute. Two of the girls were actually giving the salute while a third sat beneath her friends accepting the salute with a peace sign. While the preceding events that inspired the pose have not officially been revealed, the girls were all wearing their basketball uniforms in the photo, and they reportedly referred to one of their teammates as "Hitler."
The salute and ugly tweets that surfaced were apparently a disturbing reference to the three girls' dislike of a particular Jewish teammate, with the trio also tweeting multiple references to Hitler and other anti-Semitic trains of thought.
Two tweets pointed out by WLBZ left little doubt about the girls' feeling about their Jewish teammate.
One tweet, dated December 24th, says "So Jewish to have prac on Christmas Eve day."
Another says "If ---- picked me up, she would've made me do sprints, then put me in a gas chamber."
All three girls are reportedly minors, so their identities remain protected. Their actions were brought to the attention of school officials by another concerned parent, with the note also pointing out that at least one student athlete had re-tweeted comments from the virulently anti-Semitic Twitter account @dictatorhitler.