Southington police investigate anti-semitic social media post

Southington police investigate anti-semitic social media post



SOUTHINGTON — Students could face school discipline over a picture in which Nazi symbols and references were written on a boy’s back.

A police investigation ended with no charges being filed, according to Lt. Stephen Elliott. The picture was not widely disseminated, he added. Police are withholding the names of the juveniles involved.

In a statement released Friday, School Superintendent Tim Connellan said police investigated after a local student posted an image on social media with “completely inappropriate, ethnically derogatory language and symbolism.”

Connellan said the juvenile did not post the image while he was in school. Parents of the student were contacted.

“While this behavior did not seem to be directed toward any one individual, it is clearly unacceptable behavior in terms of our expectations for student conduct as a school district and as a community,” Connellan said in the statement. “The school administration and the (Southington Police Department) reacted swiftly to intervene and to minimize the impact on our students.”

Police began the investigation last week.

Connellan asked parents to closely supervise their children on social media.

“This incident and others like it, that we read about and hear about, should remind all of us that in addition to the positive aspects of some social media, there are aspects that can effect the children of this community in negative ways,” he wrote.

 


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