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11-Year-Old Girl Sent To Principal For Standing Up To Kids Giving The Nazi Salute

In a very odd story, an 11-year-old in Tennessee has allegedly been punished by her school for…standup up to kids giving the Nazi salute.

According to BuzzFeed News, who reported the perplexing tale, the girl was sent to the principal’s office after telling a group of students making the Nazi “Sieg Heil” salute “Stop it, put your hands down now.”

Her father spoke out about the incident in a series of tweets.

The incident was apparently incited when a student, who had been given the unenviable task of portraying Adolf Hitler for a school project, was instructed by the teacher to make the infamous Nazi hand gesture.

According to a fairly dismissive statement from Rutherford County Schools given to BuzzFeed News the gesture was confined to a classroom exercise but as a result “one student became upset and had an outburst.”

However, according to the father of the girl who objected, the Sieg Heiling went on far beyond a brief historical demonstration.

Writing on Twitter, Keith Gamble claimed that it had been going on for some time:

 “Children at school have been giving Nazi salutes in the hallways and at recess for weeks, after a teacher assigned a student to give the Nazi salute in a Hitler costume for an assignment.”

Gamble says that when his daughter objected teachers told her not to talk about it and that she has also been “targeted personally with Nazi salutes.”

Gamble asked the online community to send supportive messages for his daughter and got just that.

h/t: BuzzFeed News