An 18-year-old Connecticut high school student was arrested after he allegedly hacked into the database storing the school’s yearbook data and inserted inappropriate content into it. The unnamed student from Glastonbury High School was charged with computer crimes after he allegedly entered an Adolph Hitler quote under a fellow student’s photo and falsely attributed it to George Floyd. He also inserted references to terrorist incidents and drug use, ABC News reports.
- The Hitler quote inserted under the student’s photo wasn’t noticed right away. “It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us fail to realize what is really happening to them,” the quote read. It’s unclear why the arrested student inserted the quote and why he falsely attributed it to Floyd, the Black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis.
- The student didn’t stop there. He also inserted another unauthorized entry in the yearbook that referenced the Boston Marathon bombers as well as illegal drug use. The inappropriate content wasn’t discovered until May, after the yearbooks had gone to print and were being handed out to students.
- The yearbooks were recalled once the mistake was noticed. “We deeply regret not having caught the act of bigotry and vandalism before the yearbook was printed,” school administrators said in a statement at the time. “We are examining and will revise our yearbook procedures for collecting and reviewing future student submissions.”
- The teen has already been barred from attending his graduation because of what he did. He’s also due back in court on August 6 to face the charges against him.