No 1st amendment for you: Texas teen jailed since March for joke during video game

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This kid has now spent 3+ months in jail for a joke that was clearly labeled as a joke but turned into something serious by some busybody Canadian Hausfrau.

    Daily Caller: Texas teen makes violent joke during video game, is jailed for months (June 27 2013)

    A Texas teenager who has been in jail since March faces an eight-year prison sentence because of a threatening joke he made while playing an online video game. In February, Justin Carter was playing “League of Legends” — an online, multiplayer fantasy game — when another player wrote a comment calling him insane. Carter’s response, which he now deeply regrets, was intended as joke.

    “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,” said Jack Carter, Justin’s father, in a statement to a local news channel. The statements “lol” and “jk” — meaning “laughing out loud” and “just kidding” — indicate that Justin’s statement was entirely sarcastic, said his father.

    But a Canadian woman who saw the post looked up Carter’s Austin address, determined that it was near an elementary school, and called the police. Carter was arrested one month later, and has been in jail ever since. He recently celebrated his 19th birthday behind bars. Authorities charged him with making a terrorist threat. If convicted, he will face eight years in prison.

    Before the dust settles, I hope we learn the name of the Canadian busybody so she can be duly pilloried for this stupidity.
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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  3. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    With as much blow-hard hot air out of austin that has sent temperatures soaring this week ... Im not holding my breath.

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