When Facebook posts lead to prison
July 8, 2013 1:23 PM Subscribe
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In February, 18-year-old Just Carter was talking about League of Legends on Facebook. “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,’ and the next two lines were lol and jk.," said Carter
What happened next has been the subject of a recent spate of stories from, among others, the Huffington Post
, National Review
, the World Socialist Web Site
, and NPR
. A woman in Canada saw the post and called the police in the Austin area. Carter, who lives a few miles from a school, was arrested, charged with a 3rd degree felony of making terroristic threats, and put under $500,000 bail. He has been in jail since March.
Carter was offered a plea deal
of 8 years in prison, which he refused.
According to Carter's father, he has received abuse on multiple occasions while in jail, and has been placed in solitary confinement on suicide watch.
"He's very depressed. He's very scared and he's very concerned that he's not going to get out," Jack Carter, Justin's father, told CNN on Tuesday. "He's pretty much lost all hope."
A petition for Carter's release has gotten over 92,000 signatures