An official with Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland on Monday apologized for the Nazi flag hanging from a window at district school Governor Thomas Johnson High School.
"The flag was removed as soon as our administrators were made aware," Superintendent Theresa R. Alban said in a statement to Fox 5. "An apology was sent to the community. This does not reflect the values of our school system."
The flag, Alban wrote, was "used in the [school's] World War II history class" that "was left hanging in the classroom and was clearly visible in the window."
"FCPS sincerely apologizes to our community for this incident as we share your feelings regarding the hatred and intolerance message this flag represents," she added. "We understand the seriousness of this matter and care deeply for our community immediate recovery and belief in FCPS as a school system, which celebrates diversity."
The flag was spotted Friday night during a basketball game at the high school. The news went viral over the weekend.
"What culturally proficient educator has a 'life' size Nazi flag in their tool kit and then has the audacity to hang it OVER THEIR CLASSROOM WINDOW IN THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING BY THE MAIN ENTRANCE," Facebook user Serenity Moore, who said she was a graduate of the school district, wrote in a social media post Saturday.
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