Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comment

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  • Risto the Great
    Senior Member
    • Sep 2008
    • 15659

    Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comment



    Maybe it's time the Internet adopted a "sarcasm" tag to alert readers to the use of irony in online conversation, and, hopefully, avoid situations like that of Justin Carter, a Texas teenager who has been in jail since February over a Facebook comment that failed to make a woman in Canada LOL.

    Earlier this year, Carter and a friend got into an Facebook argument with someone regarding "League of Legends," an online video game with notoriously die-hard fans. Justin's father, Jack, explained to ABC local affiliate KVUE that at the end of the conversation "[s]omeone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head, to which [Justin] 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, and the next two lines were lol and jk [all sic]."

    In case you've never been online before today: Internet shorthand LOL stands for "laughing out loud"; JK means "just kidding."

    A woman in Canada who came across the boy's post failed to see the humor, however, and alerted police after Internet research revealed Carter, who was 18 at the time of the incident, lived near an elementary school. Carter was taken into custody and charged with making a "terroristic" threat.

    An Austin, Texas, police spokesperson told Parentdish the department takes any threat made against schools seriously, especially after recent events.

    Carter's parents have since launched a Change.org petition seeking signatures to protest their son's situation on the grounds of freedom of speech.

    In the meantime, Carter, now 19, faces up to eight years in prison. His trial is scheduled to begin July 1.
    Got him.
    What an enemy of the state! Phew.
    Risto the Great
    MACEDONIA:ANHEDONIA
    "Holding my breath for the revolution."

    Hey, I wrote a bestseller. Check it out: www.ren-shen.com
  • George S.
    Senior Member
    • Aug 2009
    • 10116

    #2
    authorities have made the right decision.He should be locked up the imbecile.
    "Ido not want an uprising of people that would leave me at the first failure, I want revolution with citizens able to bear all the temptations to a prolonged struggle, what, because of the fierce political conditions, will be our guide or cattle to the slaughterhouse"
    GOTSE DELCEV

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    • Risto the Great
      Senior Member
      • Sep 2008
      • 15659

      #3
      I need a sarcasm button.
      George, he said he was joking when he made the threat.
      They were arguing about a video game.
      Risto the Great
      MACEDONIA:ANHEDONIA
      "Holding my breath for the revolution."

      Hey, I wrote a bestseller. Check it out: www.ren-shen.com

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      • Gocka
        Senior Member
        • Dec 2012
        • 2306

        #4
        And so it begins.

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        • George S.
          Senior Member
          • Aug 2009
          • 10116

          #5
          ""n Austin, Texas, police spokesperson told Parentdish the department takes any threat made against schools seriously, especially after recent events."" Also it's kind of terroristic threat.I hope he gets whats coming up joke or no joke.Bad Luck.I hope the judge sees the funnier side.
          "Ido not want an uprising of people that would leave me at the first failure, I want revolution with citizens able to bear all the temptations to a prolonged struggle, what, because of the fierce political conditions, will be our guide or cattle to the slaughterhouse"
          GOTSE DELCEV

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          • George S.
            Senior Member
            • Aug 2009
            • 10116

            #6
            Also are we really talking of freedom of speech because how the hell can we sort out the real whackos from the jokers we don't shoot now ssk questions later.IT s not a joking matter.Everything has to be treated seriously.
            "Ido not want an uprising of people that would leave me at the first failure, I want revolution with citizens able to bear all the temptations to a prolonged struggle, what, because of the fierce political conditions, will be our guide or cattle to the slaughterhouse"
            GOTSE DELCEV

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