Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Teachers shocked by 4-year-old's fascist salute

Share this article

Teachers shocked by 4-year-old's fascist salute
Hitler and Mussolini giving the Roman salute. Photo: Wikicommons
11:21 CEST+02:00
A nursery school in Cantù, a city in Como province, has threatened to expel a four-year-old boy unless he stops doing a fascist Roman salute.

Teachers at the nursery were left shocked when the child kept performing the salute whenever he wanted to say something or bid farewell, La Repubblica reported.

The greeting, which involves holding the arm out straight with the palm down and fingers touching, was adopted by the Italian fascist regime in the 1920s and later within the Nazi party.

The boy allegedly performed the gesture in front of classmates, teachers and janitors, the newspaper said.

When confronted, his parents reportedly said: “What's wrong, these are our political ideals…we want to give him a strict, but at the same time natural, education.”

His father, aged 30, is also alleged to have proudly displayed a swastika tattooed on his arm during the meeting with teachers.

The salute and other fascist symbols were banned by Italy's post-war constitution, but a significant swathe of the population continues to admire the regime and Mussolini.

Read more: The Italians who worship Mussolini

The school has threatened to expel the child if he doesn't stop.

“The greeting is prohibited by Italian law and is not exactly a gesture suitable for a four-year-old, who attends a kindergarten,” one of the teachers was quoted as saying. 

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement