Student responsible for swastika on high school locker arrested

Wilton police today, Sept. 22, arrested the student who etched a swastika into a locker at Wilton High School.

The student, who was not named, is 15 and turned himself in to police on a juvenile arrest warrant. Wilton police reported he was released to his parent and will appear in juvenile court.

He was arrested on three counts:

Intimidation based on bigotry/bias 53a-181L, a Class A misdemeanor

Breach of Peace 53a-181, a Class B misdemeanor

Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree 53a-117, a Class B misdemeanor.

A Class A misdemeanor is more serious than a Class B misdemeanor.

The incident was reported on Sept. 8, and was investigated by Student Resource Officer Rich Ross.

When school administrators first discovered the student responsible he did not give a “clear or good” reason for his actions, Wilton High School Principal Robert O’Donnell told the Board of Education at its meeting Sept. 11.

Mr. O’Donnell said the incident was something the school community was taking “very seriously” and the school had “Implemented the district’s disciplinary policy.”

He also said, “It was a student who acted alone — certainly a sentiment that’s not indicative of our students or our school climate.”