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Iowa Middle School Students Parade Through Hallways Performing Nazi Salutes

Police and school district officials in Iowa say they are addressing antisemitic and homphobic comments made by a group of middle school students via TikTok. The Grinnell Police Department said a resident reported the TikTok video, titled “Hitler Gang,” because they believed it was sent directly to their son because he was Jewish.

Police said the 10-second video showed several male students at Grinnell-Newberg Community School District walking through a school hallway “in a goose-step style manner with their arms extended and palms down.”

The video also included several racist and derogatory hashtags such as #IHATEJEWS.

Ori Zaret, a Jewish, transgender student at the district’s middle school received the video from classmates. “Now I’m kind of scared to go to school,” Ori said.

Ori said the post came from a group of students who already caused him problems.

“We were not going to stand for this one bit,” said Elliot Zaret, Ori’s father. Ori immediately reported it to his parents, Elliot and Zoe Zaret, who then told school staff.

Grinnell-Newburg Superintendent Janet Stutz said the students involved were punished by the school district.

“When incidences like this happen, you know, it’s not going to be tolerated,” Stutz said

Ori’s parents said they hope the TikTok sparks a wider community conversation about hate. “These kids need to know this is not what our community finds acceptable,” Zoe Zaret said. “This is not what our country finds acceptable.”

They say they’re grateful for how quickly the district and police acted and that Ori spoke up.”We’re proud of you,” Elliot Zaret told his son. “We always have your back.”

Grinnell police said it is investigating the post with help from the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office to determine if laws were violated.