A wave of arrests has occurred across the United States as police are leveling criminal charges against anyone who says or does anything they deem to be disruptive in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
In Strasburg, VA, site of another elementary school coincidentally named Sandy Hook Elementary, a man was arrested for walking into the school with a two-by-four which carried the words “high powered rifle” written on it in black magic marker.
According to the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Garret Johnson, 33, walked into the school with the offending piece of lumber at about 11:40 a.m., on Wednesday, and made general statements about school safety and awareness.
According to police officials, he walked into the school and was met immediately by a school resource officer, which is a police officer who is assigned to a permanent patrol within a school.
"His actions were inappropriate at best," a Shenandoah County sheriff’s officer said. "But the reality was, it was disruptive."
Johnson is charged with disorderly conduct.
In Columbia Station, Ohio, 20 year-old Joseph Resovsky, faces criminal charges after posting his approval of the shootings on his Facebook page.
Last Saturday, just a day after the shootings, resovsky made a post to his facebook page that read, "I'm so happy somebody shot up all those little (redacted). Viva la School Shootings!!!!"
When asked why he did it, Resovsky reportedly told police he was tired of all the Facebook posts about the tragedy, and he just wanted to see if he could get comments.
“I had a bet with my friends that it would just be forgotten,” said Resovsky, who later admitted that he had misjudged public sentiment.
Medina police said it was the equivalent of yelling "fire!" in a crowded theater, and that they were inundated with calls about the post.
Resovsky faces 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for the charge of ‘Inducing Panic’. He was also forced to apologize and take down his Facebook page.
In Linwood, NJ, two unidentified 15 year-old students are charged with making potential threats in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.
Washington Township police have stated that they are beefing up security after arresting two Westwood Junior/Senior High School students, who have been accused of using social media to make unspecified terroristic threats and creating a public false alarm.
Police stated that the student is accused of creating a text message that was circulating around the school which was perceived as a threat.
The charge of Making Terroristic Threats is a felony in New Jersey and is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Police have also stated that they are investigating rumors of violence at Vineland High School on Friday.
In Savannah, Mo., a teenager was arrested and remains custody after allegedly making an unspecified threat against a northwest Missouri school.
Savannah Police Chief David Vincent has stated that the student is under an investigative hold at the Andrew County Jail for allegedly making the threat against Savannah High School.
According to police, students on Wednesday reported that they heard an unspecified threat to be carried out Friday. Police have refused to release the details of the alleged threat, but have stated that they have determined the threat did not require further action.