ANTIGONISH: The teenager who was facing five charges after racist graffiti was spray-painted at the school in Monastery has had all charges against him withdrawn.

The suspect, 18, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was 17 at the time of his arrest and faced a single count of public incitement of hatred and four mischief counts.

His case was presented in May and opened with an arraignment hearing which referred him to the province’s Restorative Justice program in October. After successfully completing the program, he had all of his charges withdrawn, following a status update in Antigonish Youth Court last Wednesday.

Police say between 8 and 9 p.m. on March 5, 2018, graffiti was painted on a school bus, the school and a sign near the East Antigonish Education Centre in Monastery.

The graffiti was racially and culturally insensitive and included profanity and derogatory comments about both Indigenous people and the African Nova Scotian Community.

As a result of this investigation, and other graffiti investigations in the Town of Antigonish, Antigonish District RCMP arrested the individual four days later.