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  • May 20, 2020
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TOWSON, MD — A lesson at Loch Raven High School is sparking discussion outside the classroom and has put the Baltimore County school in the spotlight of the international media. At issue is a slide in which President Donald Trump was pictured above a swastika and hammer and sickle.

The text over Trump’s picture says: “Wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall.”

Over the swastika, the text says: “Been there,” while the text on the hammer and sickle says: “Done that.” The latter are symbols associated with the communist party and Nazis.

Next to the images, the text says: “OH, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!”

The images are outrageous and irresponsible, Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach (R-Cockeysville) told WBFF, which reported that the slide was shown in an Advanced Placement history class and was left up for the school day on Wednesday.

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“I was shocked,” Delegate Kathy Szeliga (R-Baltimore County) told WBFF. “For them to compare President Trump to Hitler and Stalin is no way acceptable.”

Szeliga called it propaganda and “educational malfeasance of the highest degree.”

Baltimore County Public Schools issued a statement to media saying the slide was used in a classroom discussion about world wars and “attempts by some leaders to limit or prevent migration into certain countries.” Officials said that “in isolation and out of context with the lesson, the image could be misunderstood,” according to WMAR.

Baltimore County Public Schools later added to its statement, saying that “the issue now also includes a personnel matter” about which it would not disclose further information, WBFF reported.

Over the weekend, The Guardian published a story about what happened at Loch Raven High School, with the headline “Republicans furious over history lesson comparing Trump to Nazis.”

In addition to the British newspaper, D.C.-focused publication The Hill ran an article Sunday entitled: “Maryland Republicans criticize high school lesson comparing Trump to Nazis, communists.”

The school system issued a statement to The Baltimore Sun indicating it considered students in AP courses to be discerning, saying: “We expect and encourage analysis and discussion around historical and current events, even if they are considered controversial.”

Teachers of Advanced Placement courses are responsible for writing their own lesson plans, The Baltimore Sun reported, noting the school system provides a framework.

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