Texas police don’t see humour in teen’s Facebook comment

30 Jun

 

There use to be a commercial that had a mother and daughter arguing that just because you put a winky face at the end of a text it doesn’t make it better. A Texas teen learned the hard way that the same goes for writing post on Facebook even if you put lol or jk at the end.

As with many teenagers, Justin Carter, enjoys playing online multi-player games. His game is “League of Legends”, a game where two teams of players battle against one another. After one round of the game Justin was posting on Facebook with a fellow gamer. The conversation was mostly like geared toward that days play when the other person made a comment to Justin about crazy and messed up in the head. Begin sarcastic Justin made the following comment: “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.” He followed up his comment with lol (laughing out loud) and jk (just kidding).

Justin might have meant his comment as a joke but one woman in Canada didn’t see it that way. When she was scrolling through her Facebook feed and came across his comment she was horrified. She quickly did a search on Justin Carter and found that he lived in Texas and sure enough there was a elementary school near where he lived. She called the police where she informed them about the comment. Apparently the police didn’t think it was a joke either since they picked him up and hauled him off to jail.

“Justin was the kind of kid who didn’t read the newspaper. He didn’t watch television. He wasn’t aware of current events. These kids, they don’t realize what they’re doing. They don’t understand the implications. They don’t understand public space,” said Jack Carter, Justin’s dad, in an interview with local station KHOU.com. He later added “These people are serious. They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made”.

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