Teenager Arrested for Facebook Comment
July 1, 2013 Leave a comment
Justin Carter was just 18 and went onto Facebook like any normal day. However, an online argument with a friend could result in eight years of prison.
In an interview with ABC’s affiliate KVUE, Carter’s dad Jack recalled “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. The next two lines were lol and jk.”
Even though the post included “lol” and “jk,” a women in Canada found these threats serious enough to call the police after she found he lived near an elementary school. Carter was charged with making a “terroristic threat” and arrested. He has been in jail since March 27 and his trial will begin July 1, 2013.
While these are very serious claims, it is pretty obvious Carter was just joking around with his friends. His mother started a Change.org petition to have him released.
“Release Justin Carter from jail,” reads the petition. “Too many teenagers are being arrested, jailed and having their lives forever altered because of anti-terrorism laws and investigations that impede their First Amendment right to freedom of speech.”