A student from a private high school was expelled and four others suspended after a photo was posted on social media showing them playing a game of “Jews vs. Nazis” beer pong.
The student who hosted the party earlier this month was suspended and will be able to reapply to the school.
The students are seniors at The Lovett School. Two other students who were watching the game but not playing were banned from extracurricular activities during the first two weeks of the new school year, the daily Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Some 19 current seniors at the Lovett school, three alumni and 10 other students and graduates attended the party. Some of the students at the party, where beer was served and was part of the game, were minors.
The school learned of the game when local rabbi, Peter Berg, told the headmaster about the party, after receiving the photo by email from several different people.
“The fact that someone could even conceive of such a game and then play it and think it’s funny is beyond words,” Berg told WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News. “To see that image as a Jewish person is something that the Jewish students in that school, it’s gonna take a long time to get over, if ever,” he also said.
The photo shows large red beer cups laid out on a table in the shape of a swastika and red cups in the shape of a Star of David.
The school said in a statement sent to the news channel: “Character education is at the heart of all we do at Lovett, and we deeply appreciate the individuals and organizations across our community who are helping us to continue to learn and grow from this very troubling incident.”