Two Watertown High School students are facing harassment charges after setting up an anonymous Instagram account and using it to post hateful comments about other students, according to police.
The students, who have not been identified because of their ages, were arrested early this month and are both charged with second-degree harassment.
Investigators said the students created the social media account, which allows users to share photos, during the school day using a Watertown High School network.
“The Instagram page, which has since been removed, was set up anonymously and not only targeted certain kids, but solicited other comments from their followers,” Watertown police said in a statement Tuesday.
Detectives said page targeted two students in particular. According to the school district, the administration was first alerted of the account in May, and the site was only up for a couple weeks.
The students were referred to the Torrington Juvenile Court and released to their parents’ custody.