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Article posted Jun 30 2013, 4:32 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: RT USA Print

Teenager Jailed for Sarcastic League of Legends Comment, Facing 8 Years in Prison

by RT

A teenager from Texas could spend the next eight years in prison if a court decides that the sarcastic comment he made during an online argument is enough to convict him of issuing a terroristic threat.

Justin Carter was only 18 years old when he and a friend got into an online spat over Facebook back in February with another person. They were arguing about the computer game “League of Legends,” his dad told a local ABC affiliate, but one snarky remark made by the teen was apparently enough to raise suspicion in one woman who was watching the conversation unfold all the way up in Canada.

“Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head,’” father Jack Carter told KKVUE News, “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.’”

According to the parent, the teenager from Texas followed up that remark with the phrases “LOL” and “JK”— Internet shorthand for “Laugh out Loud” and “Just Kidding.” The Canadian witness wasn’t amused, however, and reportedly conducted a cursory Google search to find out more about the sarcastic gamer. That information led her to learn that the Carter household is located close to a local elementary school, prompting her to alert the police.

Carter, who has since turned 19, was arrested in late March and has so far spent three months and one day behind bars. His trial is slated to begin in July, and if convicted of “making a terroristic threat” he could spend most of his twenties in federal prison.

Under Texas law, a person could be charged with a misdemeanor if he or she “threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property” with the intent to prompt a reaction, cause fear in another or interrupt the occupation of a public place. If the defendant is thought to have made a threat to cause impairment or interruption of a public service, it’s a felony in the Lone Star State.

“These people are serious. They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made," Jack Carter told KVUE.

It’s likely that the timing of the teenager’s quip — only two months after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting left 26 people dead in Connecticut — didn’t discourage authorities from launching an investigation. His father said his son didn’t mean anything of it, though, and was just being behaving like an average teenager.

“Justin was the kind of kid who didn't read the newspaper. He didn't watch television. He wasn't aware of current events. These kids, they don't realize what they're doing. They don't understand the implications. They don't understand public space,” said Jack Carter.

“If I can just help one person to understand that social media is not a playground, that when you go out there into social media, when you use Facebook, when you use Twitter, when you go out there and make comments on news articles, and the things you are saying can and will be used against you," he said.

Carter’s trial is expected to begin July 1 in Texas. Earlier this month, a grand jury in Massachusetts declined to indict an 18-year-old aspiring rapper who was accused of making terrorist threats after posting prose on his Facebook page that referenced the Boston Marathon bombing. Cameron B. D’Ambrosio was detained for one month in jail and stood to serve as much as two decades if convicted.

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Posted: Jul 01 2013, 9:55 AM

17444 Our government is a reflection of Jewish Bolshevik Communism where now our words are policed. The woman in Canada who started this needs to get a life I mean now we're going to convict people for thought crimes. I would never have my kids fight in the American military.

Posted: Jul 01 2013, 5:41 PM

68255 Looking this story on at other forums, I noticed that there's significant number of people who basically approve authorities reaction in essence, although all seem to agree that 8 years us overkill. So I created a survey at - what should have been authorities reaction on the report about boy's remark. Please spend 2 minutes to participate.
May Aliens kills us all >:D

Posted: Jul 01 2013, 10:57 PM

24230 A government is fucked up B people today are retarded!
If you read the sentence it is sarcastically imply-d by the comment kus he was pist off like "ya right" but no one sees shit that way like the "RETARDS" you all are :D
humans are pathetic creatures

Posted: Jul 01 2013, 11:08 PM

24230 Why is it humans can do great things for all (non humans), but we stay as parasites?
Wait i can answer that for you! THE MONEY and false government!

Posted: Jul 01 2013, 11:45 PM

7123 I think that Anonymous should look this woman up and do a 4c/b/ troll on her

Posted: Jul 02 2013, 12:26 AM

24230 btw how did she get away wit it O.o she looked him up and info about him (finding his address) was not marked as one of the people he talked to
and yes Anon 3 im wit you >:)

Posted: Jul 03 2013, 3:10 AM

9240 Where is the expression of intent to make a real threat. N.B. If his comments were patently not made as a genuine threat, then patently his comments cannot genuinely be taken as a threat (except by those of a delusional mind-set)
Unfortunately, any society which is devoid of an education system for the benefit and enlightenment of the masses, is prone to produce a system of government geared to exploit and control the mentally under-developed - thus intellectually defenceless - masses; such a government will be run by the privileged and therefore unscrupulous few; who, with the protection of their intellectually-challenged weaponised goons, will not resist the temptation to exploit their intellectual advantage; who must then construct grounds for rolling-out grossly over-reaching, unconstitutional legislation which they permit themselves to apply gratuitously, in order that these exploiters may have a "legal framework" to protect themselves should any of the people they are unlawfully exploiting ever awaken to the fact. Such a society is in fact just a massive Guantanimo prison, where all its citizens are in-mates, existing soley at the discretion of their jailers - the government they "voted for". Perhaps this is why home education is so severely restricted in such societies - oppression cannot rise to power without first stripping the people of their intellectual capacity to perceive, much less fend off, the sly hand of the oppressor, until its too late and that hand has gained an iron-grip upon the throat of society. If this all sounds familiar - it should. It's exactly what the Nazis did in the last century. But there is a critical difference between the Nazis and such a government in today's world - the Nazis lacked the hi-tech weapons, surveillance, communication and propaganda technologies available to the governments of today.

Remember, the only way to "fight" the authority of a more powerful oppressive State, is to leave (or perhaps renounce that society and it's benefits). That's why the Russian's used to build walls to keep people in.

Nothing in the above expression of ideas is made with any intent of influence, and may not be interpreted or otherwise utilised for the purpose of influence of any kind. Any party/parties making such interpretation/utility, by so doing, accept sole liability for their actions and also indemnify against any liability, the author of the above expression of ideas; said author does not condone any such interpretation or utilisation.

Posted: Jul 03 2013, 4:07 AM

9240 Per previous comment: If I wish to know whether I live in a free society, I need simply ask my friendly government agents whether I live in a free society. If the answer is "NO" - then I may choose either to stay or to make good my escape from that society. However, if the answer is "YES", then I might also ask - A) if it's a free society, am I free to not pay taxes? Also, B) if its a free society, am I free to leave that society? Finally, C) if it's a free society, why do I need permission to exercise responsibly the rights and liberties necessary to a dignified, free and peaceful existence? (All dictators in history have, as their first act of office, outlawed the ownership of weapons, except among their own soldiers (aka private army).

Disclaimer as per above previous comment. In no way, shape or form does the author of this, or author's other comments, accept liability for, or condone, or express any influence or control over, the thoughts and/or mind-set of others or their actions.

Seriously get some humour Canada

Posted: Jul 04 2013, 4:11 PM

86140 This is truly ridiculous I mean do the police have nothing better to do? leaving the moral argument aside surely they have bigger priorities - and if not we need better police officers starting with minus the ones who did this and the overseers who approve of this, then get rid of politicians who approve of this
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