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.

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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: