Police Arrest New Canaan Girl, 15, for Threatening Instagram Post on Christmas Day


Police on Friday arrested a 15-year-old New Canaan girl for sending a threatening message through social media to a 14-year-old girl on Christmas Day.

Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the New Canaan Police Department called the Instagram post a “hateful, harmful” message that included language describing the “torture” and mutilation of the younger girl’s “lifeless body.”

The victim, a St. Luke’s School student, officials say, came to police with her father on Dec. 26 to report the Instagram post.

The post was viewed by multiple connections on Instagram, one of whom was the victim herself, who got confirmation from the 15-year-old (a NCHS student, Ogrinc said) that it referred to her, according to a police report. Instagram is a social media website and app that requires photos for posting and is operated from a mobile device. It isn’t clear what photo accompanied this post or how many people saw it, Ogrinc said.

The 15-year-old was charged with second-degree threatening. Her case was referred to the Juvenile Matters Division of state Superior Court in Stamford and she’s scheduled to appear there Jan. 6.

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