Quoted: on Texas teen ‘suffering’ in jail over Facebook comment

“He says he’s really sorry. He just got caught up in the moment of the game and didn’t think about the implications.”

Jack Carter, father of Justin Carter, the 19-year-old Texas man who has been in jail since February over comments he posted on Facebook after playing an online game and getting into an argument during which he was called crazy. He responded — by the way, this was two months after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.: “I think I’ma shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them.” His father said he followed that with LOL and JK to indicate he was being sarcastic, but a woman in Canada reportedly saw the comment and reported it to police.

Carter’s bail was set at $500,000, so he has and are lobbying to get reduced. Jack Carter now says his son, who faces years in prison if convicted of the third-degree felony charge and is under suicide watch, has been beat up while in jail and is going through an “extremely traumatic” and “horrible experience.” A Change.org petition to release Carter currently has more than 43,000 signatures.

According to NPR, New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wells said, “we definitely understand the situation that Mr. Carter is in, however he made the comments, and it is an offense. We have to … protect the general public and specifically, in this case, with it involving schoolchildren, we have to act.”

 

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  • Mike T

    What do I think? I think “what the F is up with quotation marks around the word ‘suffering’, as if it would possibly NOT be a state of ‘suffering’ to be in a freaking JAIL, as a teen, for committing NO CRIME, and having your life ruined by some overreactive, psycho hoser-beast canadian twit who fancies themselves to be the world morality police?” That’s what I think. This kid shouldn’t be in jail, no matter WHAT he said (even without the “lol jk”), if he didn’t actually DO anything and there is no evidence that he was actually planning such a thing. WTF has this country come to? This is idiocy.

  • John

    How stupid could his son be?! He has to know how seriously these things are taken.

  • JT

    ANY PUBLISHING IS SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT, BUT WE NEED MEN AND WOMEN IN CONGRESS THAT REALIZE THE ACTUAL MEANING OF THE CONSTITUTION FIRST!

    • Brian K Mcclung

      Any publishing is protected by the First Amendment?

    • Jenny H

      Hey JT,
      How about WE NEED MEN AND WOMEN IN CONGRESS “WHO” REALIZE THE ACTUAL MEANING OF THE CONSTITUTION (and not “THAT”).
      Just another raving from “some overreactive, psycho hoser-beast Canadian (capitalised) twit” who knows her grammar better than you do!

  • Brian K Mcclung

    Confirmed: Facebook is for idiots.

    • TB

      I could not agree more! Simply brilliant!!

  • kerry

    I think the comment (whether tongue and cheeck or not) was distasteful and stupid. If it was just comment without intent then there should be no prosecution. It is totally scary to think what is happenning to him if there was no intent to act. The canadian woman should not be faulted. The problem lies with the issue and law. The answer for a better law is a difficult to arrive at. The mentality of thinking such a comment could be remotely funny or unnofensive is sickly flawed.

  • MCOUTLAW

    It is clear that the teen was stupid in the comment he made, but it was a comment. Not a threat. There is a huge difference. Now, when he does get out of jail for speaking his mind, us citizens will have to put up with all the crap that the real criminals did to him in jail. He will probably be messed up for life and who knows what might happen then.. TOO many people interfere with stupid stuff and keep their mouth shut when it comes to real crimes. Some people need to be retaught when to tattle and when not to.

 
 
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