A former Connecticut high school student has been charged with a computer crime after accessing a school database and altering citations in two students’ yearbooks, inserting a quote from Hitler, police say. and changed another quote to refer to one of the Boston Marathon bombers, police said.
Hollister Tryon, 18, a former student at Glastonbury High School, was arrested last week and charged with two third-degree computer counts, police said.
Sometime before the yearbook was published in October, police said, Mr. Tryon had access to a database of yearbook citations submitted by students.
Police say he changed a student’s quote to a Hitler quote, while misattributing it to George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis last year prompted nationwide calls for police reform .
Police said an entry in another student’s yearbook was altered by Mr. Tryon to refer to drugs and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack that left three people die.
School officials in Glastonbury, which is about 10 miles southeast of Hartford, were made aware of the quotations in May, after the yearbooks were distributed, the police said.
The Journal Inquirer, of Manchester, Conn., reported that Mr. Tryon joined Discord, a chat app for gamers, in October when a user asked him to submit citations for the yearbook below. another person’s name and give him several options, according to an affidavit.
Mr Tryon told authorities that he had randomly selected one of the suggested citations and that he had randomly selected two students to target from a list of about 50 usernames and passwords to which he had access. updated, The Journal Inquirer reported. It is unclear how he obtained such access.
Mary LaChance, the mother of one of the students whose citations were altered, said it was jarring to receive a call on a Friday afternoon in May from school about Hitler’s alleged quote, which included the content. It’s a pretty special secret how the people around us don’t realize what’s really going on with them. “
The quote appeared in the yearbook below a photo of her son, who was then a senior.
“I cried when they told me that,” Ms LaChance said, adding that school administrators were quick to say they did not believe her son was responsible.
Ms. LaChance said she has met with school officials, who are trying to get back the 300 copies that were delivered to the 12th graders.
Ms. LaChance said the school had suspended the delivery of yearbooks and received replacement pages from the yearbook publisher. The books were recovered and redistributed about 10 days later.
In an email to parents on May 26, school officials wrote that they “deeply regret not having caught bigotry and vandalism before the yearbook was printed,” adding, “We are examining and will modify our yearbook collection and review process. future student entries. “
The school did not return phone calls seeking comment. Calls to a phone number listed as Mr. Tryon’s were not returned. Mike Dwyer, an attorney representing him, declined to comment on Sunday.
Ms LaChance said she did not know why Mr. Tryon chose her son. They had never attended any classes together at Glastonbury High School, which has about 2,000 students, but both attended Scouts and knew each other, she said.
“My hunch is that he might be trying to get my kids into trouble,” Ms LaChance said, adding that although she didn’t want Mr Tryon’s life to be ruined because of his actions, they were still stupid and hurtful.