A black student at Seymour High School in Connecticut is facing a hate crime charge for writing "whites only" on a wall near a water fountain
Police said the 17-year-old senior was arrested Wednesday and charged with breach of peace for a separate incident at the high school.
Police said that while the student was in custody, he confessed to writing the message, which was found during the homecoming dance on Saturday.
Police will apply for an arrest warrant for a separate charge of breach of peace and possible other charges, including vandalism and bigotry, Capt. Paul Beres said.
Under Connecticut law, a person is guilty of third-degree bigotry when they, with the intent to intimidate or harass because of race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, damage or deface property or threaten by word or act.
The student, whose name has not been released, has been disciplined at the school for the incident, according to Richard Kearns, Director of Security for Public Schools.
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