High school students in Maine are learning just how damaging some posts initially made in jest on social media sites can be.
A few students on the Greely High School girl's basketball team in Cumberland posted anti-semitic tweets and a photo including a Nazi salute that has resulted in their being disciplined, although the principal of the school declined to say how, according to WLBZ2.
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An anonymous letter sent to the school last week detailed three pages worth of offensive posts, which included calling one of the teammates "Hitler" and another saying "If ---- picked me up, she would've made me do sprints, then put me in a gas chamber," WLBZ2 reported.
A letter was then sent to parents from Principal Dan McKeone and Athletic Director David Shapiro saying they hope that although "disturbing" this incident can be turned into a teaching opportunity to promote "tolerance and respect" and to show the implications of such posts.
"These were kids that made a mistake, and they learned from it, and they're moving forward," McKeone said, noting that he doesn't believe the girls involved truly intended for it to be hateful speech, according to WLBZ2.
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