Heil and Hot Water: German Teacher Blurts Out Nazi Greeting at School

The middle school principal shouts 'Sieg Heil!' at start of pupils' go-kart race.

A German middle school principal is in hot water for shouting the Nazi greeting "Sieg Heil!" at a school race, German newspaper The Local reported.

The unnamed headmistress says she was trying to encourage students before a go-kart race when she inadvertently blurted out the phrase meaning "Hail Victory!" in German.

The greeting was often accompanied by a Hitler salute when used by Nazis during World War II. Today it is illegal to utter in Germany, with a few exceptions, according to The Local.

The headmistress, who has been in her post at the Weissenburg, Bavaria, school since 2012, admitted to being politically immature."

That admission, however, hasn't stopped other teachers at the school or parents of the seventh- and eighth-grade pupils from criticizing her behavior as unacceptable.

The Bavarian Culture Ministry this week said it would investigate her outburst.

It just came out and now unfortunately I can't take it back, she told the German Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, adding that she was ready to discuss the matter with pupils and parents if necessary.

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