Ridgefield police: NY teen charged in connection with ‘racial slur’ found spray-painted at high school field

Ridgefield High School

Ridgefield High School

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RIDGEFIELD — A teenager has been arrested in connection with the graffiti markings found on a Tiger Hollow turf field at Ridgefield High School on June 15, police said in a statement Friday.

The 17-year-old resident of Brewster, N.Y., was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree intimidation based on bigotry/bias, police said.

The teen was released to their parents with a court date of June 27 at Bridgeport Juvenile Court, police said. The teen’s named was not released by police because of their age.

School resource officer Luis Fernando conducted an investigation leading to the arrest, police said.

Police said a “racial slur” was sprayed onto the surface of the turf field at Ridgefield High School, police said last week.

Ridgefield High School Principal Jake Greenwood said last week that the schools administration reviewed camera footage and determined the incident occurred after a pickup game on the multipurpose turf field.

“The painted word was removed prior to the start of school ... to ensure no one else had to witness this deeply troubling hate speech,” Greenwood said in a message to the school community last week.