Southington High School student arrested for racist social media message: police

Published on Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:30


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 of the student is a minor, and police said they will not be releasing further information.

The racist social media message, according to police, spawned a private social media conversation between some parents earlier this week. During the conversation, rumors began swirling that there was a threat directed toward the school. Police investigated and said on Wednesday that there was “no credible threat.” No arrest was made in that investigation.

The arrest on Thursday is unrelated to another Southington High School student who was referred to juvenile court after threatening on Wednesday to bring a gun to school the next day. The gun threat did not have anything to do with the report of a threat on Tuesday. Both incidents caused school officials and police to have extra officers at the school on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:30. Updated: Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:32.