Glastonbury, CT – A recent graduate of Glastonbury High School is facing charges after he allegedly illegally accessed a database and inserted an Adolf Hitler quote attributed to George Floyd into the yearbook.
The high school had already begun distributing yearbooks in May when administrators discovered the database had been hacked before publication bean in October of 2020, the Hartford Courant reported.
“It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us fail to realize what is really happening to them,” was the famous quote from Hitler that appeared.
But in the Glastonbury High School’s yearbook, the quote was attributed to Floyd, the Harford Courant reported.
Floyd died as he was being arrested by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020.
Police arrested 18-year-old Hollister Tryon on Friday and charged him with two counts of a third-degree computer crime, the Hartford Courant reported.
State statutes defined a third-degree computer crime as having occurred when “the damage to or the value of the property or computer services exceeds one thousand dollars, or the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a risk of serious physical injury to another person.”
Tryon is accused of illegally accessing the database to alter two of his classmates’ yearbook entries, the Harford Courant reported.
Bond for Tryon was set at $5,000, according to WVIT.
He was released after posting $500 in cash, the New York Post reported.
Investigators said that Tryon sneaked two inappropriate quotes into the yearbook and put them under other students’ names.
Police said that in addition to the Hitler quote, Tryon also added a reference to drugs and convicted 2013 Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Hartford Courant reported.
School administrators recalled the yearbooks as soon as they became aware of the problem.
“We deeply regret not having caught the act of bigotry and vandalism before the yearbook was printed,” school officials said in a statement. “We are examining and will revise our yearbook procedures for collecting and reviewing future student submissions.”
Glastonbury High School Principal Nancy Bean said that while Tryon did in fact receive his diploma after the yearbook incident, he was not permitted to walk with his classmates at the graduation ceremony, the Hartford Courant reported.
Beach said Tryon’s mother picked his diploma up at the school.
Tryon is due back in court on Aug. 6, the New York Post reported.
If convicted, the 18 year old could face up to five years in prison on each count.