Superintendent Faces Death Threats for Investigating High Schoolers’ Swastika Photo

Wheatland Union High School District (WUHSD) Superintendent Nicole Newman says she has received daily death threats since announcing an investigation into a viral photo of white students posing with swastikas on their bodies.

The photo began circulating on social media last month. It shows eight students from Wheatland Union High School at a house party with swastikas drawn on their torsos and alcoholic beverages in hand.

“When I first saw them, I was profoundly disturbed and heartbroken. I knew just how much pain these images were going to cause our community," Newman said.

The district launched an investigation and the students were disciplined, according to the Sacramento Bee. Newman and her colleagues soon started receiving death threats, including threats aimed against their families.


Wheatland Union High School is located in Wheatland, California, which is part of the Yuba County. WUHSD serves Wheatland, Beale Air Force Base, and Plumas Lake.

Superintendent Newman discussed the threats in a video posted to the district’s Facebook page last week. Watch it here


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