Teen faces prison time after Facebook comment
Social media warning: If you post terroristic threats to "shoot up a school full of kids" on Facebook, you may face eight years behind bars.
It’s probably not a good idea to post threats on Facebook to “shoot up a school full of kids,” even if you follow it up with “LOL” and “JK.” (“LOL” and “JK” is online speak for “laughing out loud” and “just kidding.”) Especially months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
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Such a post landed Austin, Texas, teen Justin Carter, behind bars and charged with making a terroristic threat. He’s facing eight years in prison, reports The Christian Science Monitor.
"Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head,' 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,' and the next two lines were lol and jk.," Carter told The Christian Science Monitor.
Carter’s father thinks the response to the Facebook comment is over the top and is petitioning for his son’s release.
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Most people don't believe Sandy Hook even happened from what I read...so...
I don't understand why the upset?
This kid made a threat that others have made and made good on! This is not a matter of free speech!
I agree that he does not need to be put in prison with murderer's and other criminals because all that will do is make him one of them!
If authorities had done nothing and he had made good his threat however everyone would be screaming "why didn't they?"
Our justice system is broken when it comes to teens, it does not rehabilitate it creates criminals by putting non violent offenders with violent ones who teach them their criminal ways, then when they get out of prison and cant get a job because of their record they go to what they learned in prison, it's a problem that isn't going to go away any time soon!
However unless this kid has been living under a rock he knew what he was doing was illegal and that it would get him in serious trouble!
We as a society MUST find a way to get through to teen offenders without turning them into lifetime criminals! Because that's exactly what happens when they are given a record that keeps them from finding gainful employment, they turn to what they have learned in prison to get by, and sooner or later they will become institutionalized with absolutely no hope of ever turning around, that is why our prisons are overflowing!
Now its reported the kid got beat up in jail. I guess this will make the people who want mass stopping of freedom of speech stopped.
I hope they and their children suffer the same fate.
If he said i'm going to rob a bank so I will be rich, would he be charged with bank robbery? this country's justice system has gone nuts.
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