Hollister Tryon, a former Connecticut high school student, was prohibited from attending his graduation at Glastonbury High School after officials accused him of altering the school’s 2021 yearbook. According to reports, the student changed senior quote entries in the yearbook to Adolf Hitler quotes and Nazi propaganda.
Tryon, who was charged Friday with two counts of third-degree computer crimes, allegedly altered yearbook text to include quotes from Hitler, a Nazi dictator. The student accessed a database used by students to alter his classmates’ quote entries.
The 18-year-old student performed the vile act on two classmates’ entries, with the first being a direct quote from Adolf Hitler. “It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us fail to realize what is really happening to them,” the quote read, which Hollister Tryon wrongfully attributed to George Floyd, who was murdered by a white cop last year.
The second quote Tryon planted in the yearbook referenced drugs and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston bomber who was convicted in April 2013. The tragic bombing killed three people and injured more than 260 more. The exact second quote Tryon used in the yearbook has not been revealed.
School administration didn’t find out about the altered yearbooks until May after distribution started. The high school mementos were swiftly recalled. The administration ordered a reprint of the correct material and contacted authorities who investigated the heinous crime.
In a statement to parents, the school’s administration explained that “we deeply regret not having caught the act of bigotry and vandalism before the yearbook was printed.” Administrators also claimed that they “are examining and will revise our yearbook procedures for collecting and reviewing future student submissions.”
Two months after the yearbooks were distributed, authorities finally understood what happened. On Friday, Hollister Tryon was arrested for his cybercrime and was held on $5,000, but has since been released following a $500 bail posting. The former Glastonbury High School student was also barred from attending graduation, according to Principal Nancy Bean, and instead received his diploma after his mother picked it up from school.
According to a Glastonbury arrest log, Hollister Tryon is accused of “unlawfully accessing” a computer database used by students to submit their yearbook quotes in order to submit harmful, inappropriate, and offensive material. Tryon is accused of changing two entries prior to the yearbook’s October publication. The wrongdoing was discovered when seniors received early copies of the printed material and were outraged at the published text.
Hollister Tryon is scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court on August 6 and faces up to five years in prison for each count if convicted. A third-degree computer crime involves “the damage to or the value of the property or computer services exceeds one thousand dollars; or the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a risk of serious physical injury to another person,” according to the Courant.
The 18-year-old’s actions reportedly had a devastating effect on the community. Officials from the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford claimed that the publication of a Nazi quote was an “anti-Semitic incident” and that it harmed the community.
“They certainly underscore the importance of anti-bias education and Holocaust education,” the federation’s president and CEO, David Waren, said of the misused quotes. “This is an opportune moment for the school to re-double their effort in this regard.”
Other Glastonbury residents are also appalled at the Nazi propaganda. Dorothy Switalska claimed that what Hollister Tryon did was “a terrible mistake.” She believes that “the kids need to learn history” and “watch a historical movie” to “see what Hitler did.”