Was the joke in poor taste? Absolutely. Should he have been jailed for months over it? Don’t our cops have better things to do with their time?
Jack Carter says his son Justin and a friend got into an argument with someone on Facebook about the game and the teenager wrote a comment he now regrets.
âSomeone had said something to the effect of ‘Oh you’re insane, you’re crazy, you’re messed up in the head,â to which he replied ‘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,â and the next two lines were lol and jk.,” said Carter.
âLOLâ stands for âlaughing out loud,” and âjkâ means âjust kidding,” but police didnât think it was funny. Neither did a woman from Canada who saw the posting.
Justinâs dad says the woman did a Google search and found his sonâs old address was near an elementary school and she called police.
Justin Carter was arrested the next month and has been jailed since March 27. Heâs charged with making a terroristic threat and is facing eight years in prison, according to his dad.
The kid celebrated his 19th birthday in jail, where he sits charged with making a terrorist. He’s facing, unbelievably, eight years in jail if convicted.
According to the cops, Carter’s post was a crime because of their overreaction to the Newtown shooting:
Authorities noted that recent school shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut have caused them to evaluate all potential threats seriously. Newtown was still fresh in their minds at the time of Carterâs arrest.
âIn light of recent situations, statements such as the one Justin made are taken seriously,â said an Austin police detective in a statement.
âJustin was the kind of kid who didnât read the newspaper,â the Daily Caller quotes the father Jack Carter as saying. âHe didnât watch television. He wasnât aware of current events. These kids, they donât realize what theyâre doing. They donât understand the implications. They donât understand.â
Or maybe the kid thought he lived in a free country where you can make sarcastic and even tactless comments online without having to worry about jail time. Guess he’s been disabused of that notion.