19-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.