Jewish student films teacher forcing students to give Nazi salute to US flag

A teacher at a US school was recorded performing what appears to be a 'Sieg Heil' salute to the American flag, while the student who posted the footage online was told to apologise.

History teacher Joe Webb was filmed doing the Nazi-style salute with students at Mountain Brook High School in Alabama on January 18.

Footage was released alongside pictures by Jewish student Ephraim Tytell on Snapchat, with the school denying the salute was encouraged.

Speaking to CBS 42, Tytell said: "I felt upset, unsure of what's going on. Just kind of shocked."

Tytell was called to Assistant Principal Jeremy Crigger’s office, and told to apologise to Webb for posting the video, according to AL.com.

School officials said the video was "making Mountain Brook look bad" but Tytell refused to apologise.

As a result of the video being posted, Tytell was moved to the front of the class, and phones were banned in class.

Mountain Brook Schools denied students were told by Webb to perform the salute and stated they were being taught the Bellamy Salute, which is similar to the one adopted by the Nazis.

In a statement, the school said: “The picture and three second video being circulated are not representative of the lesson, what was being taught, or the context of the instruction that was occurring.

"The US History teacher was teaching a lesson on the meaning of symbols in the context of history. The Bellamy Salute was used as an example of a symbol whose meaning dramatically changed. The salute was named for Francis Bellamy, the writer of the Pledge of Allegiance, originating in 1892.

“A similar symbol was adopted by the Nazi Party in the 1920’s. Because of the atrocities committed by the Nazi Party against humanity, the symbol’s meaning in America changed and the American flag salute was changed to a hand over the heart in 1942.

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“The focus of the lesson was the meaning of symbols, how they change, and why the Bellamy Salute should never again be recognised due to its association with the actions of the Nazi Party…

"Understanding the sensitive nature of this subject, Mountain Brook Schools has addressed the instructional strategy used with the teacher and does not condone the modelling of this salute when a picture or video could accurately convey the same message."

This is the second time Mountain Brooks Schools has been accused of anti-Semitic behaviour after StopAntisemitism shared footage of students drawing swastikas on their bodies In May 2020.

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