A Jewish student at Blindow School in the Eastern German city of Leipzig has been expelled after he raised his hand when his name was called.
The teacher believed the boy, identified as 18-year-old Maksym M, gave the Nazi salute.
According to The Daily Mail, the teacher wrote in official documentation “When I called Maksym's name, he reacted clearly by halfway raising his arm with his flat hand stretching upwards.”
Despite the boy's peers collecting signatures to support their classmate, he was dismissed and Headteacher Michael Blindow even called in the State Protection Office after he believed Maksym was an 'extremist danger to society'.
However, the public prosecutor's office in Leipzig has come to the conclusion that there was no criminal offence.
Maksym's parents are expecting an apology. “Our son was punished for something he did not do,” they said.