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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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Whoa, GI this affects you more than you know. If I was the prosecuting attorney I would try to connect the violent games he plays to school shootings. The american system has for years been trying to connect school shootings with violent games after the Columbine incident. This kid has no reason to be locked up. What if he lived 50 miles from the nearest elementary school would that make him a threat? The police never said he owned a loaded gun, had maps of the school in his room, was on any medication or anyone in his family attended said elementary school. I agree that he should not be making distasteful jokes, but that is what it is distasteful.
He learned a valuable lesson, however i totally see him getting off with just a misdemeanor.
You left out the part where someone called him crazy and this was his response ended by LOL JK indicating he was joking. this is assanine and a violation of his free speech rights if he gets sent to prison for a joke (granted it was a violent joke but still a joke) then this will set a presadents to take away all of our free speech rights www.change.org has a petition to set him free go there find it and sign help correct this injustice
This is the internet where millions of people(especially kids) say stupid *** every day. If people are really so paranoid of some kid being serious about something like this then give him a lie detector test, give him a sanity test. If some random kid out of millions who post stupid meaningless *** on the internet even spends a night in jail it will be a testament to the legal systems stupidity.
Well, I don't think that kid deserves a jail punishment, even though, he needs to understand you can't make comments like that in the world we live in now.
At first I thought he was wrongfully accused since he was obviously being sarcastic but he said this before!? Although he may got what was coming to him for being so careless about what he said, 8 years in prison is INSANLY harsh!
You are an idiot.
You dont joke about murder...period. Personally i dont play online cause I'm sick of all negativity. The fact is ifa child is making statements like this, then it's not long till he does do something stupid. These rapidly escalating "jokes" are beyond tastless. I beat someone, who tried to gank me(in wow) then spent 2mo creating account after account...threatening to rape my mom, murder my children(wich i dont have)...and wow just would ban him for three days, and he make a new account and harrass me again.
Yes what he said was horrible, tasteless, insensitive, and wrong. Of course he should be harshly punished, but not to the point where he can be R**** or killed
Well, saying something that morbid to a total stranger on a website is a little disturbing. Personally, I'd just tell the kid to piss off and get on with my life. I hardly see something like that as a national threat (hell, I troll Facebook all the time...I haven't gotten sued for sexual harassment yet). Yeah, he's a total idiot for pulling that kind of stunt, but I'd imagine something like a fine or community service would be a good enough lesson for him, if authorities want to be that anal over it.
He deserved to get arrested... this may teach him.
Thanks for the correction! The initial news stories were extremely misleading.
Once any man's freedom is trodden upon, we're all damaged.
The reason I have no Sympathy for this kid is as follows. When I was young I did a lot of wild and said a lot of outrageous statements, but I would never have publicly said what that kid did. Not in any shape or form.