A Virginia School District Apologizes for a Shirt Logo That Resembled a Swastika

Hanover County Public Schools Superintendent Michael Gill said in a statement that a teacher designed the logo without any ‘ill-intent,' adding that it was meant to symbolize ‘unity.’

A Virginia school district apologized Wednesday for distributing T-shirts with a logo resembling a swastika during a conference. Hanover County Public Schools Superintendent Michael Gill said in a statement that a teacher designed the logo without any ‘ill-intent,' adding that it was meant to symbolize ‘unity.’

‘One of our teachers designed the logo intending for it to represent four hands and arms grasping together — a symbol of unity for our all-county professional learning conference. Nothing more,’ Gill said.

The superintendent apologized for the mistake and ‘for the emotions that the logo has evoked by its semblance to a swastika and, by extension, to the atrocities that were committed under its banner.’ He noted that the district condemns anything connected to the Nazi regime.