A Christian school in the Netherlands, Pieter Zandt Scholengemeenschap, was horrified to find an allegedly satanic symbol in its latest student diaries and asked parents and students to return their diaries for shredding.
That symbol? A peace sign.
School board chairman Johan van Puten told Dutch newspaper Trouw that a Google search (Google will tell you anything you want it to if you search long enough) revealed that the peace sign allegedly contains a Nero cross, which was used in Roman times to represent the torture of Christians, and now apparently has Satanist connotations.
Dutch News reported that van Puten made the decision to destroy the diaries, costing him $20,000, because of the flood of letters that he received from parents against the sign. “The conviction of the parents that the symbol was unacceptable was so strong that I knew a rigorous approach was the only solution,” he said.
The peace sign was really designed in 1958 by British artist Gerald Holtom for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), which was having its first major march in England.