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A school district in Virginia apologized on Wednesday for a T-shirt that featured a logo resembling a swastika, which led to complaints, Newsweek reported.

Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) said in its explanation that the logo was "created without any ill-intent."

"We are deeply sorry for this mistake and for the emotions that the logo has evoked by its semblance to a swastika," Superintendent Michael Gill said in a statement on HCPS’s website. "We condemn anything associated with the Nazi regime in the strongest manner possible."

He added that the logo was created by a teacher to "represent four hands and arms grasping together."

"We understand that this has deeply upset members of our staff and community who see the logo as resembling a swastika," Gill said.

He said in the statement that HCPS had removed the shirt from circulation and was removing the logo from other materials.

The shirts were created for staff members at the Unified Professional Learning Conference and were displayed on several since removed Facebook posts.

Rachel Anne Levy, a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, posted a photo of the shirts on Twitter.

"I am outraged but not surprised that Hanover Schools Superintendent Mike Gill would blame a teacher for his approval of the logo. Where does the buck stop? Apparently, never with him or his office. Unacceptable," she tweeted on Wendesday.