Arrest made in connection with racist graffiti

Youth charged with public incitement of hatred

ANTIGONISH: A teenager has been arrested and charged in connection with incidents of racist graffiti being spray-painted in the town and county.

Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday night, graffiti was painted on a school bus and a sign near East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy.

“The graffiti was racially and culturally insensitive and included profanity and derogatory comments about both Indigenous people and the African Nova Scotian Community,” a press release from Antigonish District RCMP stated.

Two days later, Antigonish District RCMP said it was shared on social media that individuals were heard making verbal threats towards East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy.

As a result of the threats and after consultation with the RCMP, the Strait regional school board closed the school as police continue their investigation.

As a result of this investigation, and other graffiti investigations in the Town of Antigonish, Antigonish District RCMP have arrested a 17-year-old male. He has been charged with public incitement of hatred and four counts of mischief. He has been released on conditions and will appear in Antigonish Youth Court at a later date.

Antigonish District RCMP is asking anyone with information to call them at 902-447-2525, or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Those who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at: www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.