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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostDec-5 11:51 PM 
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A number of West Virginia government employees were suspended Wednesday after a recent photo emerged showing them performing a Nazi salute. 

The photo shows roughly 30 employees of the state’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety making the racist gesture, which was used to hail German dictator Adolf Hitler while he oversaw the slaughter of millions of Jews during World War II. They posed under the text “HAIL BYRD!” ? a phrase similar to the one used to salute Hitler. 

The photo identifies the group as members of Basic Training Class #18, a group of correctional officers trained in October and November. 

News of the suspensions broke when DMAPS cabinet secretary Jeff Sandy sent a letter to staff on Wednesday regarding the matter. Local WCHS-TV was the first to report on it Thursday morning, when the exact contents of the photo had not yet been made public. “I have seen the photo of Basic Training Class Number 18. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” Sandy wrote. “It is distasteful, hurtful, disturbing, highly insensitive and completely inappropriate.” He did not offer a specific number on the suspensions, only that the action had been taken against “a number” of employees. 

 

 
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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostDec-31 11:52 AM 
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(CNN) All of the West Virginia correctional cadets seen apparently giving a Nazi salute will be fired, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced.

The image, discovered in early December, shows the members of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation Basic Training Class 18 with one arm raised. The text above reads "HAIL BYRD!" in a reference to a training instructor for the class, according to the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
The governor condemned the training group's behavior in a statement on Monday.
"We have a lot of good people in the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety," Justice said. "But this incident was completely unacceptable. Now, we must continue to move forward and work diligently to make sure nothing like this happens ever again."
Three staff members at the training academy will also be fired. Four other instructors who failed to report the photograph will be suspended without pay, he said.
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