SEPT-ILES, Que. — A Quebec teen is in trouble for allegedly inciting hatred through the social networking site Facebook.
Police say the teen was arrested today and is charged with using his profile page to spread hatred against different minority ethnic groups.
The 17-year-old faces two charges: one of uttering threats and one of inciting hatred on the Internet.
The boy is being tried as a minor, so his identity cannot be revealed.
Provincial police Sgt. Patrick Lowe says police began investigating in February after receiving a complaint from a citizen.
The arrest comes as Statistics Canada reported this week that hate crimes jumped by about 35 per cent across the country in 2008 compared to the previous year.
The agency did mention that the spike could simply be the result of better reporting by police across the country.
Sept-Iles has a large population of aboriginals, so my guess is that is against that segment he posted inflammatory messages. I wonder what he said for him to get arrested, because this is the first time I have seen someone get arrested for this in Quebec.
I can’t wait to see what will come out of this. News just broke so we don’t have too many details, but we soon will. I will keep looking at French and English news to get more info on this.