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Atlanta Area Elementary School Pulls New Nazi-Like Logo After Community Outrage

The rollout of a new logo for an Atlanta area elementary school has been paused after parents noted similarities between the logo and a Nazi symbol, though a school district said the design was based on a U.S. Army colonel’s eagle wings.

The Cobb County School District said Tuesday that it has halted distribution of the new logo for East Side Elementary School in Marietta after it drew condemnation on social media.

The Nazi eagle, which was developed in the 1920s and later became a symbol for white supremacists, depicts an eagle holding a swastika in its talons.

A message to parents on Monday notified them of the new logo, saying it was chosen to “represent the eagle soaring into excellence and to honor the history of our great school.” The district has been working with all schools to create logos, the message added.

The design drew a swift backlash on social media.

“I don’t want to see my kids wearing that on their shirt,” Mike Albuquerque, the father of two students who will attend the school next year, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Really it’s a big oversight of the county and everyone involved in the process who reviewed that, to not call out the fact that this looks like Nazi iconography. Or maybe, who knows, somebody did call it out and it wasn’t heard.”

East Side Elementary is across the street from a synagogue – Temple Etz Chaim.