An Australian school principal has apologised for awarding his school's Book Week "Best Dressed" award to a student dressed as Adolf Hitler.
The student reportedly asked if he was able to dress as Hitler, and was given permission by a teacher at the school, the ABC reports. Roger Herbert, the principal of St Philip's College in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, said he takes "full responsibility".
The school was hosting Jewish students from Melbourne at the time of the Book Week costume parade.
Herbert says he immediately apologised to the students.
In August, a mother celebrated her "parenting win" when she dressed her son in blackface. This was quickly followed by an Indigenous mother defending the "blackface parenting win" with an example of her own child in whiteface.
Another Book Week parent dressed his son as former AFL player Ben Cousins, complete with baking powder "cocaine" on his nose.
When news broke of the latest incident, Twitter was quick to react.
St Philip's has released a statement saying the choice to allow a student to dress as Hitler was an "innocent mistake".
"This was an innocent mistake by a teacher who is a respected, honourable and lovely person who got it wrong on the day," says the statement.
"The student involved has an interest in history and politics and did the right thing by getting permission for his 'book week' costume."
"The school apologises unreservedly for any offence that has been caused. We have been in touch with the principal of the visiting students who were present on the day and they have accepted our apology."
"We are reviewing our policies on these kind of events to ensure that nothing like this can happen again."
"The school is providing support and assistance to the teacher, the student, and their family. It has been a very distressing lesson for all concerned."
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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