Republican lawmakers are railing against a high school in Maryland over a slideshow that was presented to students that shows a picture of President Donald Trump along with a Nazi symbol.
The photo of the slide (shown above) features a picture of Trump with the words, “Wants to round up a group of people to build a giant wall.” Below that picture is another one depicting a Nazi symbol, captioned, “Been there,” and another photo showing a communist hammer with the words: “Done that.”
One the side of all three photos, another message reads: “Oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!”
The slideshow, which was shown to students in an Advanced Placement history class at the Loch Raven High School, drew the ire of GOP lawmakers, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach (R) took aim at the slideshow in a statement to the newspaper.
“I think it is inappropriate in a high school to have something like that that is so controversial,” he told the paper. He also reportedly added that he doesn’t think it was right “to in any way try to draw a comparison to the president and the communists or the Nazis.”
Maryland State Del. Kathy Szeliga, a Republican, shared a photo of the apparent slide in question from the presentation on Facebook over the weekend, and labeled it “educational malfeasance of the highest degree.”
“This propaganda was used in an AP history class at Loch Raven High. Educational malfeasance of the highest degree,” she wrote on Facebook. “What is going on in our the Balt Co Public Schools???? I will be demanding answers and actions from BCPS TODAY!”
Szeliga also shared a quote from the Baltimore County Public Schools district regarding the matter.
In the statement, the district said the slide had been used as part of an AP History lesson, during which, topics “being discussed included World Wars and the attempts by some leaders to limit, or prevent migration, into certain countries.”
“In isolation and out of context with the lesson, the image could be misunderstood. In our Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which are college level courses, we expect and encourage analysis and discussion around historical and current events even if they are considered controversial,” the district continued.
“This lesson was not intended to make a political statement. If a student has concerns when discussing a controversial issue, schools have the tools to address the concern and support the student,” the district also said in the statement.
In further comment provided to the paper, Charles Herndon, a representative for the school district, said that the “issue now also includes a personnel matter, which will be appropriately addressed by the school administration and is not subject to further clarification.”