What Hollister Tryon did with the Glastonbury High School yearbook is not only one of the biggest scandals of this year, but possibly the decade.
School yearbooks have often been the source of quite a few controversies — from gay and lesbian students being mysteriously excluded, to an African-American student being labeled as “Black Girl” instead of with her name. At McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas, students opened their yearbooks to find that their heads had been placed on different bodies, and that one girl’s head had been placed on a nude body. Some of the students even had missing arms and stretched necks.
And then there’s Charter Oak High School in Covina, CA, where students printed racially charged monikers for the members of the Black Student Union. The offensive nicknames included “Tay Tay Shaniqua” and “Crisphy Nanos.”
Hollister Tryon Yearbook Arrest
The latest delinquent to have gotten himself into a yearbook scandal is Connecticut teenager Hollister Tryon, 18, of Glastonbury High School. Tryon allegedly broke into the school’s database and changed a student’s quote to one by Adolf Hitler.
But he didn’t stop there. Tryon also changed another student’s quote to reference drugs and to include the name of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev and his brother killed three people and injured hundreds.
In May, Glastonbury school administrators noticed some quotes in the yearbook had been changed. A student had posted a quote by George Floyd, the Black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis. However, it had been switched to the aforementioned Hitler quote as seen in the image below.
“After conducting an internal administrative review, the case was referred to the police department for a criminal investigation,” school authorities said.
It wasn’t long before Tryon was arrested, charged with two counts of third-degree computer crimes. Authorities said that he stands accused of both breaking into the school’s computer database, and of changing the two students’ quotes. Glastonbury also disciplined Tryon, but they have not revealed what actions they took.
Back in May, before Tryon was arrested, Glastonbury officials stopped the distribution of the school’s yearbooks. They reached out to the students who had already received a copy and asked them to return them so that replacement pages could be added. Glastonbury also apologized for failing to notice what Tryon had done before the yearbook was published.
“We deeply regret not having caught the act of bigotry and vandalism before the yearbook was printed,” officials said in a letter to parents. The officials assured parents that yearbook procedures would be examined so that this sort of thing does not happen again.
The school also announced that, after yet another investigation, a third altered quote was found in the yearbook. This one glorified war.