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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A-Hole Celebrates Newtown School Shooting on Facebook, Arrested for Inducing Panic (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM


Update II: Via the CT:

he Medina city prosecutor has filed a motion seeking dismissal of a criminal charge against a Columbia Station man who posted a Facebook message cheering on the Newtown, Conn., school gunman.

Hearing scheduled for January 25.


Update: The ACLU has now stepped into the corner of Joseph Resovsky, the 20-year-old suburban Cleveland man who was charged with inducing panic after posting a Facebook message celebrating the Newtown school shootings.

Via the Chronicle-Telegram:

Joseph W. Resovsky, 20, was scheduled for an arraignment today in Medina Municipal Court on a charge of inducing panic. But the hearing was canceled after James Hardiman, the Ohio ACLU legal director, entered a written plea of not guilty on Resovsky’s behalf.

“We believe the defendant’s statements are protected speech under the First Amendment,” Hardiman said in a prepared statement, released Wednesday.


20-year-old Joseph Resovsky claims he was tired of all the Facebook posts expressing sympathy and outrage after the devastating school shootings in Newtown. That's why he took to his own Facebook page and posted the following on Friday:

“I’m so happy someone shot up all those little (expletives). Viva la school shootings!!!!”

Besides being moronic, insensitive, callous, and in the poorest of poor, poor taste, the Facebook posting was also taken as a threat by some of those who saw it, perhaps because Resovksy also listed Adam Lanza, the shooter, as his idol. Medina police came calling on a warrant for inducing panic after being notified.

Via the Chronicle-Telegram:

Berarducci said the posting “was taken as a threat by many people.”

Resovsky told police that he hadn’t meant to offend anyone, saying he just was tired of seeing all the comments on Facebook about the shooting. He said he wanted to see how many people would comment on his posting.

Berarducci said a caller reported the Facebook posting to police, and others mentioned it on the Medina Police Department’s Facebook page.

“There were quite a few posts where people were pretty upset by it,” he said. “I think it scared a lot of people.

“A lot of people took it as an endorsement to commit other acts of violence in the schools.”

Resovsky, who works in Medina, was arrested on a warrant Saturday.

He was released on bond, and probably immediately deactivated his Facebook account.

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