(AP) — An 18-year-old has been charged with computer crimes after allegedly hacking
into a database and inserting an Adolf Hitler
quote into a Connecticut high school
According to police, the teen
was a student at Glastonbury High School when the quote appeared beneath a photo of an innocent classmate in May.
It read, “It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people
around us fail to realize what is really happening to them.” The quote was attributed to George Floyd
, a Black
man killed by a Minneapolis police officer
last year, in the yearbook.
The same student, according to police, was also responsible for another unauthorized yearbook entry referencing one of the Boston Marathon bombers
and drug use.
The teen, who had previously been barred from attending his graduation
ceremony, is charged with two counts of third-degree computer crime and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 6.
The quotes were discovered after the school began distributing the yearbooks in May, and the yearbooks were recalled to remove the offending quotes.
“We deeply regret not catching the act of bigotry and vandalism
before the yearbook was printed,” school administrators said in a statement
after the yearbooks were recalled, adding, “We are examining and will revise our yearbook procedures for collecting and reviewing future student submissions.”