Justin Carter definitely wishes he could take back the comment he made on Facebook while arguing with someone about some video game. But he can’t, especially since he’s been in jail since March. He’s facing 8 years in prison for making a sarcastic joke that involved a school shooting. He was charged with making terroristic threats.
This person with whom he was arguing reportedly called Justin insane, to which Justin responded: “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.” Then, he added, “lol” and “jk.” For those over the age of say, 50, that’s “laughing out loud” and “just kidding.” (And my apologies if my “over 50” comment was offensive or condescending. I didn’t mean it that way. I’m sure you can call the police and have me arrested for “terrorism” if you feel strongly about it.)
Now, I’m not here to defend what 18-year-old Justin said on Facebook. Yes, it was a very bad joke. It should not have even been thought of. But terrorism? I think it’s way overreacting to throw him in jail over this. Given the context, he obviously wasn’t being serious. A local Houston news channel reported:
“…[B]ut police didn’t think it was funny. Neither did a woman from Canada who saw the posting. Justin’s dad says the woman did a Google search and found his son’s old address was near an elementary school and she called police. Justin Carter was arrested the next month and has been jailed since March 27. He’s charged with making a terroristic threat and is facing eight years in prison, according to his dad. ‘These people are serious. They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made,’ added Carter. Unfortunately for Justin his comments came only two months after dozens of youngsters were killed in a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut back in December of 2012.”
If you see something, say something, right? And that’s just what this “vigilant” Canadian did.
Justin’s dad offered some candid advice for all the kids out there who live in social media:
“If I can just help one person to understand that social media is not a playground, that when you go out there into social media, when you use Facebook, when you use Twitter, when you go out there and make comments on news articles, and the things you are saying can and will be used against you.”
That’s certainly true, unless you happen to be one of Trayvon Martin’s faithful followers, in which case you can say whatever you want. Here are some of the (censored) tweets from those wishing to do George Zimmerman harm if he’s not found guilty:
- “If Zimmerman get off ima kill him myself since no one wanna take care of his Mexican burrito eatin a**”
- “f*** it. i’ll kill Zimmerman myself.”
- “fuuuuuuu** Don West. f*** George Zimmerman . I’ll kill both them n*ggas.”
- “Watching the Zimmerman Trial. If he don’t get life ill kill him myself”
- “ima kill a white person in self defense if Zimmerman go free lol on everything.”
- “This Zimmerman shit so AGGY just lock his a** up cause if they don’t imma kill a white person and they better let me go”
You get the idea. I wonder what would happen if some “vigilant” person called the police over these threats. I bet the police would respond with something like, “Well, we can’t investigate every death threat. Besides, if we investigated these threats, that would be racist.” They don’t want to offend anyone, so they’ll jail the white kid for “terrorism” and ignore the Trayvon Martin supporters.