Skip to comments....Teenager JAILED for posting 'joke' threat on Facebook after row with an online gaming partner
Posted on 07/01/2013 8:53:00 AM PDT by beaversmom
A Texas teenager has been in jail since February after making an offhand comment on Facebook about a video game he had been playing.
Justin Carter was 18 when he and a friend got into an argument with someone over a multiple player online video game, leading the teenager to post a comment he now regrets.
He now faces up to eight years in prison after saying 'I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still beating hearts' only two months after the Sandy Hook school massacre
'These people are serious. They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made,' Justin's father, Jack Carter, said.
Although the teenager, who turned 19 while in prison, added 'lol' (laughing out loud) and 'jk' (just kidding) to his post, a woman from Canada who saw it reported Justin to police after finding out that he lived near an elementary school.
Mr Carter is now campaigning to have his son released, and wants to teach teenagers about the dangers of posting comments on social media.
'Justin was the kind of kid who didn't read the newspaper. He didn't watch television. He wasn't aware of current events. These kids, they don't realize what they're doing. They don't understand the implications. They don't understand public space,' he told KHOU.
His son first got into trouble in February after he and a friend had been playing League of Legends.
Mr Carter said: 'Someone had said something to the effect of "Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head," to which he replied "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a...
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2349328/Teenager-jail-making-terroristic-threats-Facebook-comment-carrying-school-shooting--despite-adding-lol-jk-joking.html#ixzz2XoFFqYtw Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
but we aren’t monitoring mosques.
The level of prosecutorial overreach in recent years has become truly frightening.
If I recall correctly it was a trolling Canuck that started this hassle for the kid? That’s why Facebook and posting on it are dangerous, any moron in any country can cause crap to rain down upon you for no good reason.
Yes they are serious. They are seriously foolish.
Hasty law making makes for bad law. These laws are written in the wake of tragedy when law makers feel the pressure to do something to prevent future tragedies even though such laws have no chance of preventing future tragedy.
Such laws scoop up and punish the innocent much more often than they prevent real monsters from committing horrendous acts because real monsters typically live in the shadows were busy bodies like the Canadian woman never go.
now with PRISM we can find and jail anyone that posts sarcastic, joking, bragging, exaggerating, angry, or misunderstood comments anywhere!
He is still entitled to bail and a jury trial.
Well, a statement like that really does need to be investigated. So send a couple of cops over to the kid's house, and talk to him. But jail him? No way.
Point of order. These laws are written well in advance by people whose intent is the utter destruction of freedom. They sit quietly in filing cabinets or on hard drives, periodically getting reviewed and updated, waiting, just waiting for an excuse, a panicked legislature, a popular stampede to be inflicted on the country.
Do you really think a 1000+ page bill is written overnight?
The enemies of freedom spend decades sharping their long knives.
So THAT kind of “making terroristic threats” in social media gets you several years in jail.
Making THIS kind of terroristic threat in social media, however, is apparently A-OK:
“Ima kill me a cracka: Death threats against George Zimmerman, random white people explode during trial”
Excellent point!!! They’ve threatened to kill George Zimmerman, a man that hasn’t been convicted of anything, and threatened to kill random white people! So infuriating at the level of stupidity in this country. It IS just downright stupidity by some people, but DELIBERATE by those with a greater purpose in mind. Infuriating and scary.
Now that we have thought police like the Communist Empires, it is unwise to speak to others your thoughts. They can be taken out of context, and will be used against you when ever possible. No logic applies to dictators, they like to hurt people and exercise power, the more unjust it is the better for their egos. That is why God made a hell.
Another excellent point. Patiently waiting in the grass, waiting for the best moment.
Or thugs threatening to smoke Zimmerman/whitey.
But if he had actually gone through with it, imagine the uproar because the threat was ignored.
Meanwhile, if the psychotic neighbor threatens to kill your children and burn your home, the police response remains, “There’s nothing we can do.”
Particularly the Tennessee mullah threatening jihad on a thread here the other day.
Maybe they are investigating him. How would we know?
As well they should. But jailing this kid? Gimme a break.
See, we’re not completely unreasonable, NSA guest.
Now, go away!
Leaning Right: “Well, a statement like that really does need to be investigated. So send a couple of cops over to the kid’s house, and talk to him. But jail him? No way.”
You’re absolutely right. What’s wrong with people (and police) these days? Don’t police bother doing a bit of information gathering before they jail people? Apparently not.
Nothing funny or sarcastic about that.
Ask any teacher.
Ask any parent.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.