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We've recieved numerous tips about the story of 19-year-old Justin Carter, a person who has been charged with making "terroristic threats." Some are circulating information that Carter made these threatening statements during or immediately after a League of Legends match. In truth, whether or not he was playing League of Legends has nothing to do with the matter.
The events of the case, which have gathered steam thanks to a community petition started by Carter's family, took place in February. A tip was provided to the Austin, Texas police department after Carter made a threatening statement on another person's Facebook page that stated, "I'm f***ed in the head, alright. I think I'm going to shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them."
According to New Braunfels, Texas police lieutenant John Wells, Austin police issued a warrant for Carter's arrest after discovering that his father lives approximately 100 yards from an elementary school. Carter was apprehended in San Antonio, Texas and is now in New Braunfels on $500,000 bond facing third-degree felony charges. If convicted he will face two to ten years in prison.
Our TakeNormally this wouldn't be the kind of story we run, but given the misconception that Carter's comments were made within a game and that League of Legends had anything to do with this, we felt compelled to dispel the inaccurate information. According to lieutenant Wells, the comments were left on the Facebook page of someone unknown to Carter. Especially following the recent school tragedies, authorities are taking these matters very seriously.
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Im all for tasteless jokes and being an ahole online but there are some things you shouldn't joke about. Glad the cops took this seriously.
People don't realize that their Facebook/twitter posts are essentially PUBLIC (just about anyone can see what you've posted with a little leg-work) and threats must be taken seriously by authorities until they've worked out whether or not they are REAL threats. Keep your 'jokes' limited to live interaction (with friends who understand your character) and you'll be fine...post some insane garbage on the internet (when no-one can hear your tone-of-voice, sarcasm, etc.) and you better expect this to happen these days.
This is just stupid,you think the kid would know not to say something like that even though he was supposedly sarcastic.
I'm glad authorities are taking this seriously and putting fourth the initiative to stop this crap. I don't care if it was a joke, people need to learn that this stuff isn't, nor has it ever been funny. I think the only way to put an end to it is to be just as swift and harsh with all cases. I hope the kid learns and people see this as an example.
His parents started a community petition? Anybody who has thoughts like his should be off the street.He sounds like he needs a mental hospital instead of a prison or at the least a good a** kicking. What a loser.
Make a bomb threat on a plane, you get thrown off and possibly arrested.
Make a comment, especially on social media, that you are going to shoot up a school, get arrested.
He might as well had been standing on a street corner.
...actually, its better he wasn't. He probably would have been beaten to a pulp right then and there. There are parents and teachers and upstanding citizens who would do anything to ensure he doesn't pose even the possibility of a threat to their children and students.
Joke or no joke.
Get this kid counseling.
The whole League of Legends community is pretty much like him...
There's a time and place for everything. This is not one of them.
you know looking back at the santa monica shooting... i don't think Therapy will help much either...
When you say *** like that you're asking for handcuffs. It's not that hard to figure out that threatening to shoot up a school is one of those areas of sarcasm reserved for straight jackets and iron bars.
Well this just goes to show that you have to be very careful in what you post online. It doesn't go away; everyone sees it too. I can't say if I agree with the sentence or not, but when you make jokes like that you're asking for trouble
He grew up through 9/11, several shootings, and innocent children being killed. He definitely knows far better than to not just say those type of things, but post things like that on the internet. He's old enough to know what will happen if he makes those kind of comments and I think a year or two will do him some good. If not, at least the four months of the cops investigating will scare him into not making those comments again.
Hes such a dumb ass mf!!! SANDI HOOK ELEMENTARY KIDS LOST 26 BABIES AND HE CHOOSES TO JOKE ABOUT THAT? ? GIVE HIM 6MONTHS let him go.