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Watch what you say on Facebook!!

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Teen Justin Carter jailed for sarcastic Facebook threat

19-year-old Justin Carter. Family photo. Source:

A 19-year-old Texan is facing up to eight years in prison after making a sarcastic threat on Facebook.

Justin Carter was arguing about the video game League of Legends when he posted the distasteful Facebook comment.

"I'm f---ed in the head alright, I think I'ma (sic) shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat their still-beating hearts," he said.

Someone reported the comment to authorities, a search warrant was issued and Justin was arrested on February 14 - Valentine's Day. Bond was set at a high $500,000.

"He's very depressed. He's very scared and he's very concerned that he's not going to get out," Justin's father, Jack Carter, told CNN.

Justin could be charged with "making terroristic threats". He is being held in Comal County Jail, near San Antonio, Texas.

Justin's mother, Jennifer Carter, has posted a petition entitled "Release My Son Justin Carter - In Jail For a Facebook Comment" at .

"My son has been in jail for months because we can't afford to pay the half million dollar bail money," Mrs Carter said.

"Justin's a good kid. He wouldn't hurt anyone, let alone a child."

"The authorities' overreaction is ruining Justin's life. And it's setting a dangerous example trying to punish kids who often say strange things that I believe are protected under freedom of speech."

Jack Carter doesn't begrudge police the right to investigate threats of school violence. Justin's Facebook comment came just two months after 26 people, including 20 children, were murdered by a shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.

But Mr Carter says the need for vigilance doesn't excuse the treatment of his son.

"I definitely see the need to investigate such claims," Mr Carter said.

"But at some point during the investigation there has to be some common sense."


by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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by Rachel on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

If you're dumb enough to say stuff like that on a public internet site, then you'd better be ready to face consequences.  

by Anonymous 7 on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM
The lesson that if his parents had money, he would have been out of jail months ago?

Quoting Miss-B:

They took it as a threat. I bet he learned his lesson.

Quoting WalkingDeadlove:

I agree but it's also not something he should go to prison for 8 years over. It was a very bad joke but a joke non the less. He even followed with j/k and lol. I don't agree with what he posted at all but he's a teen who obviously didn't think about what he was saying. That doesn't make it a threat. It makes it a bad decision and hopefully a lesson learned. Taking 8 years for saying something stupid and hurtful isn't right.

Quoting Miss-B:

Killing kids isn't something to joke about.

Quoting WalkingDeadlove:

Just with that statement alone I could understand the reaction however if the entire conversation it makes it obvious that it was a sarcastic comment...tactless yes but not a threat at all.

His friend said...oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head. He was just sarcastically commenting was a joke.

This country is really going to hell when we can't tell the difference between someone making a bad joke and an actual threat.

by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

That's not an innocent comment and I hope they throw the book at him. Maybe in PRISON he'll get the help he needs. His father brushing off his comments tells us he won't do anything to help him.

by ♥Divalicious♥ on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

To not post such things on Facebook.

Quoting Anonymous:

The lesson that if his parents had money, he would have been out of jail months ago?

Quoting Miss-B:

They took it as a threat. I bet he learned his lesson.

by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Agreed. I think they should evaluate him and determine his mental state & go from there. 

Quoting WalkingDeadlove:

Sitting a jail for awhile to learn a lesson sure but them charging him with terrorist threats comes with an 8 year sentence. It was a very very bad joke that should never have been said but it was obviously not meant to be taken seriously.

Quoting Miss_Mandy80:

Agree with you both. Killing anyone, especially a child, is NOTHING to joke about. 

Quoting UxorQuodMatris.:

Especially given the recent events. They're not going to risk it NOT being a joke. He was arrested just two months after the Sandy Hook murders.

Quoting Mommy2ETnBM:

IMO he deserves to be there. What adult (I'm sorry, but 19 is adult to me) would even fathom saying something about killing children, in a public forum at that!? He is a freaking idiot and should sit there in that cell for a nice long while until he grows up some. 


by Platinum Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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 The police HAVE to investigate and punish threats like this because what would happen if the next guy (or girl) who said something like this was serious? What would their excuse be, "We thought he was joking around, you know, being sarcastic. We never thought a person would be stupid enough to post their actual thoughts or actions on Facebook!" People do have First Amendment rights but that only protects you so much. If a stranger came up to you, pointed and your kindergartner and said, "I'm going to rape and kill your child." Would you call the police? Even if the guy said, "Nah, I'm just kidding. I have the right to say whatever I want."

by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM
I remember seeing this. Who would say anything like this anyways? He's 18, he should know better.
by ♥Divalicious♥ on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Where did he put kidding? 

Quoting WalkingDeadlove:

The fact that they took it as a threat is ridiculous and is almost as bad as what he said. If you read the entire conversation it's very clear to anyone with any common sense that he wasn't serious. Having a sick sense of humor isn't a crime.

by Anonymous 8 on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I will be expecting all those black people that have taken to twitter threatning white people to be arrested today then, because if you are arrested for threats then they all need to be thrown in jail as well.

by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

he had it coming in my opinion.  who even says that shit and think its ok. 

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