Southington High School student charged over social media post

Published on Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:04
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

SOUTHINGTON - Police have charged a teenager after he allegedly posted a racist social media message last week.

The 17-year-old, a student at Southington High School, faces one count of breach of peace. Police were made aware of the message last week and arrested the teen on Thursday.

The teen is scheduled to appear in juvenile court on Jan. 2. The case has been sealed because the student is a minor, and police said they will not be releasing further information, including his name.

The racist message, according to police, spawned a private social media conversation among some parents earlier this week. During that conversation, rumors began swirling that a threat had been directed toward the school.

Police investigated and said on Wednesday that there was “no credible threat.” No arrest was made as a result of that probe.

Thursday’s arrest is unrelated to the case of another Southington High School student, who was referred to juvenile court after threatening on Wednesday to bring a gun to school the next day.

Extra police officers were present at the school both Wednesday and Thursday.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:04. Updated: Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:06.