League of Legends player could face up to 8 years for tasteless Facebook comment

July 6, 2013

League of Legends player could face up to 8 years for tasteless Facebook comment19-year-old Justin Carter could face up to 8 years in prison for making some controversial comments on via Facebook while playing League of Legends. Carter was arrested back in February and has been in jail for over five months.

According to Carter’s father Jack, Justin’s friend made a comment saying that he was “messed up in the head.” Carter responded back by stating, “Oh yea, 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,” followed by “lol” and “jk.”

A Canadian woman looked up Carter’s information and noticed that he lived nearby an elementary school and proceeded to call the cops on him. The police showed up at Carter’s house February 14 and arrested him on charges of making terrorist threats.

According to Jack, Carter is “very depressed,” scared and worried that he will not get out. Jack believes that his son has lost all hope and feels that his life is over. Jack revealed that Carter has been traumatized by being in jail and have been physically abused.

Without getting into the really nasty details, he’s had concussions, black eyes, moved four times from base for his own protection…he’s been put in solitary confinement, nude, for days on end because he’s depressed. All of this is extremely traumatic to this kid. This is a horrible experience.

Carter is apparently on suicide watch and is in solitary confinement at the moment, awaiting his hearing which is scheduled for July 16th.

While Carter’s comments are definitely inappropriate especially when you consider the families that have lost loved ones due to school shootings, it still seems like this is somewhat excessive. Carter was 18-years-old at the time and I can’t help think that if this had occurred years ago, he would have just received a “talking to” from the authorities after investigation.

After being in jail for five months, Carter’s mental state may have deteriorated, doing more harm than good. Carter’s parents have setup a petition, which will be sent to the District Attorney upon completion. If you feel that Carter’s punishment is excessive, go ahead and sign the petition.

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5 Responses to “League of Legends player could face up to 8 years for tasteless Facebook comment”

  1. CON:

    It’s pretty amazing that in a country where everybody is armed to the teeth you have to take the idle threat of a kid seriously.

  2. CarlB:

    Texas is probably the last place you would ever want to say something like this, joking or not. Here in Cali he probably would have gotten away with a slap on the wrist. Not Texas.

    “The indictment cites the alleged threat by Carter ‘to shoot up a kindergarten, watch the blood rain down and eat the beating heart out of one of them,’ according to the report.

    ‘What I said was terrible, mean and downright stupid,’ Carter reportedly wrote in a jailhouse letter to a judge. ‘The misunderstanding was that I wasn’t trying to scare anyone, I was trying to be witty and sarcastic. I failed and I was arrested.’

    New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wells told the San Antonio Express-News the threat was taken seriously after the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut.”

    h**p://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57592338-504083/justin-carter-texas-teen-jailed-since-feb-after-making-alleged-facebook-threat/

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    http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/06/sony-submits-trademark-application-for-playstation-tv

  3. Godless:

    We live in a fucked up world, where you can’t even make a joke now without the authorities falling on you like a tonne of shit. Regardless of how much in bad taste the comments were, It’s beyond obvious he was being sarcastic. It’s a farce and a tragedy that this has happened to him.

    Unless this guy has a history of threats & violence or has damaged or unpredictable behaviour, or some mental condition that makes him ever remotely likely to actually carry out is flippant comments. this should not have happened.
    This is the next step in our governments being able to whip people of the streets for pretty much anything.
    Maybe in the not too distant future, even comment such as mine here will be enough to get unwanted attention from big brother and I get whipped away for inciting civil unrest or some such bullshit accusation.

    Very sad for this kid, unless he really is a nut-jop, in which case I hope there is plenty of evidence to show that to be the case, before some bible thumbing retard locks this kid away for life as an example to us all, to not to make jokes in bad taste.

  4. Godless:

    Hmmm

    Suspiciously few comments on this. It’s ok, big brother’s not really watching. You’re still allowed to speak your mind.

    Hears firm knock at the door :(

  5. MAK:

    Whats more fucked up?

    A teenager saying he would shoot up a school

    or

    Our own government putting that teenager, who had no committed a crime yet, in prison, causing him to want to take his own life.

    Oh yeah, our country is so heroic …

    I love how the two killers of my uncle are only going to get 9-20 years in prison for brutally killing him as he was getting ready for bed.
    They slit his throat, then repeatedly stabbed him 150 times, literally, and cut symbols into his body.
    Only 9-20 years.

    This kid….he could 8 years in prison…..because of a few keystrokes on a computer.

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