Students at an all-girl Kentucky Catholic school will not face expulsion after playing a game of “Swastika beer pong,” the latest in a string of “Jews v. Nazis” drinking games in the U.S.
The teenagers involved in the drinking game at St. Teresa’s Academy were pictured on social media app Snapchat playing the game, but their head teacher said she would not be responding to numerous calls for the students to be expelled, the Kansas City Star reported.
Along with the caption “girls’ night,” the picture shared on Snapchat showed beer pong cups arranged in the shape of a Swastika, with teens in the U.S. participating the Holocaust-themed drinking game typically arranging the other set of cups as a Star of David.
Writing on the school’s Facebook page, school president Nan Bone said: “Many of you have questioned the consequences and called for expulsion of the students involved.”
“While we respect your opinion, expulsion is the wrong solution in this situation. We live the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Our students are taught to care for the dear neighbor, ‘neighbor to neighbor, without distinction.’ That teaching guides us in every decision we make,” she added.
St. Teresa’s Academy’s decision not to expel the students, who were also involved in underage drinking, takes a completely different approach to The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia, which in August suspended several students who had been playing the game and expelled one.
Indeed, there have been several instances in which teens across the U.S. have been pictured playing the "game" over the past year, with more images resurfacing of late.
Speaking about the Nazi game to WSB-TV 2, Rabbi Peter Berg from Atlanta said he had seen images of the game after it was played by students, then reporting them to the school.
“The fact that someone could even conceive of such a game and then play it and think it’s funny is beyond words,” Rabbi Berg said.
“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 added.
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