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Outrageous? Teen in Jail Over Facebook Comment

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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Texas teen has been behind bars since March for something he posted on Facebook. Justin Carter, 19, was arguing with someone on the social media site about a video game. A local affiliate in Austin, KVUE, reported that the person called him crazy. According to his father, Jack Carter, Justin then sarcastically wrote:  'Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.” In the next two lines, he apparently wrote, ‘LOL’ and ‘jk’ for just kidding.

Carter was arrested and charged with making a terror threat. His father claims it was a “dumb joke.” He could face up to 10 years in prison. Eric Bolling reacted on The Five, saying, “I’m all for free speech, but there’s certain things you can’t do as we’re learning in the George Zimmerman case. You can’t make racist remarks and go ‘just kidding, LOL.’ You can’t call me a ‘white-a** cracker’ and go ‘just kidding, LOL.’”

Bolling concluded that people need to ask themselves, “If I were saying this out loud, how would it sound and then just live by that.”

Greg Gutfeld recalled the teen jailed for refusing to take off an NRA shirt and the boy who was suspended for a pastry-shaped gun. “We need a national holiday to just say lighten up, America. […] This guy said something that was really bad as a joke.”

He said the police could’ve instead visited Carter and checked to see if he really was a threat. Bob Beckel chimed in, “This is another ridiculous example of us going overboard on terrorism and taking it to the degree that it’s getting absolutely silly. I mean, go out and find some terrorists, just leave this kid alone.”

Andrea Tantaros argued that in order for the charges to stand, Carter would’ve needed to have said specifically he was going to shoot up a school and the details of when and how. “This is too vague and the Austin Police Department should be slapped down.”



Read more: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/07/02/texas-teen-jailed-school-shooting-facebook-comment#ixzz2XwsAbY1d


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rojastarr
by Fang Slayer on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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Wow, while in poor taste, this kid does not deserve to go to prison for 10 years
TableforSeven
by Silver sister on Jul. 3, 2013 at 12:29 AM
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You can't yell "fire" in a crowded building if there is no fire.  You can't say you have a bomb in your suitcase at the airport, even if you don't.  

There are many things you can't do in public, even as a joke, because of all the nut-jobs before you who DID these things.  Facebook is a public domain.  Just because this guy says it was a joke....doesn't make it any less scary or disturbing.  The fact that someone would even publicly joke about such a thing shows (to me at least) that they aren't 'right' in the head).

BL2010
by BL on Jul. 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM
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Sheesh, ten years for saying something so stupid. Give me a break. Sorry, but people need to lighten up some.

babynurse454
by Wild Woman on Jul. 3, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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While it wasn't the smarest thing to say, regardless if he was just kidding he doesn't deserve jail time, the police should of investigated a bit more.
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momtoonein06
by Gale on Jul. 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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Wow, so sad to give this kid 10 yrs in prison for something he said. There are worse people in this world that go to jail for a shorter sentence and actually did a crime. Lighten up people.
maryg38
by Sweet Mary <3 on Jul. 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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Oh My Gosh! People get a grip
atlmom2
by Susie on Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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You cannot make threats like that. Kids need to know this. Punishment is harsh but too bad. Live and learn. Should be about 5 years. With early parole for good behavior.
Kid sounds a bit scary and radical to me.
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codfish
by Sister on Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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People lighten up!! Yes, it was stupid, yes, he acted like an immature kid. No, he should not be in jail for something like this.
atlmom2
by Susie on Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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What if they say they are kidding and get a slap on the wrists and the next week they shoot up the school????? This has to be taken very seriously. Those that say lighten up?? What if your kid gets killed after someone gets a slap on the wrist??
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bhow
by Silver sister on Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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That's your government for ya'.  

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