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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