CINCINNATI - An 18-year-old who officials say used Facebook to make threats of a school shooting is free to go after he spent more than 20 days in jail.
Devin Carey of Springfield Township took to Facebook to respond to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December. "I'm so annoyed with dumb statuses about the Connecticut incident on my newsfeed that I think I could shoot a few kids myself," the 18-year-old posted on the social network following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to court documents.
The post caught the eyes of Finneytown School District officials, who called for the man's arrest on Dec. 16, 2012. Carey told police that he "just wanted to get a rise out of people."
In court on Friday, Carey pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct after his original charge of inducing panic. Hamilton County Judge Ted Berry sentenced Carey to time served after he spent 29 days in jail.
Carey told Berry the post was meant to be a joke, but Berry urged Carey and other teens to not make light of such serious, tragic matters.
"In this time and era, sir, with these types of tragedies that are happening regularly in our schools and in our society, you can't behave like this. It's despicable," Berry said.
The Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School led to the deaths of 20 children and six adults. The shooter, Adam Lanza shot and killed himself with a handgun as police were entering the building.