Teen Faces 8 Years in Prison for ‘Sarcastic’ Comment He Wrote on Facebook

computerA teenager in Texas faces eight years in jail for a so-called "sarcastic" comment he wrote on Facebook. Justin Carter, 18, was having what he thought was an innocuous conversation online with his friends about a video game when an outsider saw the comments, intervened, and called the cops. Justin's been in jail since March, and his dad's on a mission to get him out.

Jack Carter explains his son's comments as such:

Someone 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.

A woman in Canada somehow saw Justin's comment, Googled his address, noticed he lived near an elementary school, and called the police. Justin was arrested for making terroristic threats and has been behind bars for the last three months. A search of his home in Austin, Texas uncovered no weapons.

Dad Jack started a petition to raise awareness of Justin's predicament and wants to help people realize that "social media is not a playground." The Carter family has learned the hard way that anything you say on Facebook can and will be used against you -- Jack wants to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.

As parents, it's our job to talk to our kids about the dangers of social media and really drive home the point that what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet. A flippant, insensitive comment about violence isn't easily erased and could possibly land you in jail.

A "funny" Facebook comment now could turn into a living nightmare later.

Do you think this is fair?

 

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LostS... LostSoul88

He's comment was not at all funny or sarcastic! It's sickening especially what just happen in December. Someone seeing that doesn't know if it's a joke even if he wrote lol jk. Comments like that need to be taken seriously and I hope he's ass being thrown in jail as taught him a lesson that he can't make sick twisted comments like that again. I highly doubt he will get and more jail time once he's trials hits.

Choco... Chocodoxies

I doubt he will get 8 years, but I am pretty sure he won't think it is funny to mock the death of hundreds of children ever again. 

nonmember avatar Cass

Uh huh. So none of the other commenters have jokingly said they wanted to kill someone? Bam. Threat of bodily harm. It's a stupid-trumped up charge that has a real shot at ruining this kids life even if he's found not guilty.

nonmember avatar damien

I am pretty sure he won't think it is funny to mock the death of hundreds of children ever again.

hundreds of children?..you use hyperbole more than the stir writers

nonmember avatar sarah

idiot kid says something..busybody doesnt understand context or "lol" and stir commenters say he deserves it cause he offended their lil feelings...priceless all the way around

Choco... Chocodoxies

In person, sure, I have said {"I could kill you!"} (those are sarcasm brackets) through laughter. But no,  I have never, yes never, jokingly said "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" on the internet where it could be read by some nosey Nelly who then reports me to the authorities because I scared the ever loving $hit out of her given the societal climate of school massacres that have been rampant throughout or great country. I'm not that dumb.


He won't get 8 years, IF this is all that happened. If he is a stable, non violent, first time offender then he will have learned a lesson, may clean a highway, and will have learned that sarcasm is not easy to read over the internet. If he IS a violent child with a propensity toward this type of behavior in the real world, he may get some help. Let's not get overly dramatic here. 

nonmember avatar elena

two kids playing bang bang with their fingers out back so i guess i better call the po po

nonmember avatar damien

I have said {"I could kill you!"}

the police have been called..have a nice day

MRL84 MRL84

Stupidest shit I've ever heard...Wtf is some bitch from Canada doing on a teenage boys facebook page anyway? Nosey ass people.

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