During the conference held for staff this week, Hanover County Public Schools distributed T-shirts and conference materials containing the logo, which the district says had been designed by one of its teachers.
“We are deeply sorry for this 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,” Gill said. “Unquestionably, we condemn anything associated with the Nazi regime in the strongest manner possible.”
Gill said the apology comes after concerns about the logo were raised, and that the district understands that the logo “has deeply upset members of our staff and community who see the logo as resembling a swastika.”
Daniel Staffenberg, chief executive of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, said he appreciated the school system’s quick response.
The group and its partners reached out to Gill by letter and plan on scheduling a meeting to discuss next steps in making sure “the voice of Jewish students and those of other minority faiths are heard and respected.”