Officials for a public school in Maryland are investigating after a swastika flag was pictured hanging in a classroom window over the weekend.
Witnesses saw the flag while attending a basketball game at Governor Thomas Johnson high school in Frederick and photos of it quickly spread online, news outlets reported.
The National Socialist flag was used in a second world war history class and left hanging in the window, visible to the outside, the Frederick county public schools superintendent, Theresa R Alban, said in a statement obtained by news outlets.
Alban said officials would “take appropriate action” on Monday to figure out what led up to the flag being hung there.
“The flag was removed as soon as our administrators were made aware. An apology was sent to the community,” Alban told WTTG-TV. “This does not reflect the values of our school system.”
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Principal Daniel Lippy said in an email to the school community that the administration has taken steps “to ensure that this never occurs again”.