September 17, 2014

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Facebook post cheers Conn. shooting; Columbia Station man arrested

MEDINA — A 20-year-old Columbia Station man was charged with inducing panic, accused of posting a message on the Internet celebrating the killings of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.

“I’m so happy someone shot up all those little (expletives). Viva la school shootings!!!!” appeared Friday on the Facebook page of Joseph W. Resovsky, according to Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci.

Adam Lanza, the man authorities said shot the 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning, was described on Resovsky’s Facebook page as his idol, the chief said.

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 booked into the Medina County Jail and released on bond, Berarducci said.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.