Picture
Photograph: RT.com
Editors Note: This was inspired by information sent to us by 'Joker'.

In February of this year, 18-year-old Justin Carter and a couple friends were talking and arguing on Facebook about a videogame called “League of Legends,” when the person he was arguing with essentially said “you’re insane.”

Carter responded with a strange comment: “I'm f---ed in the head alright. I think I'ma (sic) shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them.” According to his father, he followed this with “LOL” (laughing out loud) and “J/K” (just kidding), but a woman in Canada saw the comment and, after discovering Carter lived very close to an elementary school, contacted the police. A search warrant, and later an arrest warrant, were then issued for Carter. However, no weapons of any kind were found in his apartment during the search, according to his mother.
Justin Carter has been in jail since February for this comment, under charges of “terroristic threats.” He is, as of July 3rd, on suicide watch after being assaulted by other inmates, and has been moved four times from the base due to these assaults. He is now in solitary confinement, due to overwhelming depression. His father says he has close to no hope and is very concerned, sad, and scared because he does not believe he will get out.

The comments Justin made were gruesome, but do they deserve imprisonment for “terroristic threats”? Is this a violation of our right to free speech? How do you think we can bring attention to the case for this young man?


Sources:

B
7/6/2013 04:05:31 am

I believe they should release him soon because they haven't actually found any weaponry in his house. If he has shown signs whilst in prison of an intention to kill and engage in cannibalistic actions, then the authorities should offer him psychiatric guidance. If not, then I don't see the reason why he should be kept imprisoned any longer.

Reply
truth seeker
7/6/2013 04:48:17 am

Right?! Even if they found weapons in his home, I think he should be put in a mental health center, not arrested. Nobody who commits mass shootings for no reason is a regular criminal... they are mentally unstable. These people shouldn't be in regular prisons, but in mental health centers.

Reply
Margaret
7/6/2013 08:03:04 am

Certainly is a lesson about Facebook. Edward Snowden has shown us that social media can be a very dangerous place.

Reply
Sophie
7/6/2013 08:21:11 am

"Terroristic threats"?!?! I call that "humor".
Dark sense of humor, though.

Reply
Anon2
7/6/2013 03:03:57 pm

I think he was just defining what he considers to be "insane" in a sarcastic way. He did add "lol" which again,based on the Urban dictionary definition thereof is self-explanatory of his intentions and he ended it off with "J/K", again self-explanatory. There's just a terrorism phobia going on in the USA, that's what it al boils down to.

Reply
Shelley
7/12/2013 01:22:09 pm

I agree. Dark sense of humor. I don't think he ever had any intention whatsoever of committing a violent act. Ever since Columbine, we have been so paranoid of all young men. It is insane.

Reply
anonymous
7/7/2013 04:15:04 am

I don't even know how to feel about this. I definitely feel the punishment is way to harsh by all means. What was probably someone who was mentally stable and joking (although it wasn't appropriate to joke about) is someone who is now tortured and depressed. This sort of punishment could give him the depression, the anger, the insanity, the motivation to actually do something horrific when I believe it could have been avoided.
Again this is absolutely nothing to joke about due to the recent pop up of such events and the sensitive nature and just general inappropriateness. But seeing as this guy didn't have weapons or other signs of acting on this, he should not be in jail. Maybe a psych evaluation and a short stay at a "hospital."
On the bright side, he is not the stereotypical "terrorist" therefore meaning that maybe they do or will charge people for such an act based on circumstances and not color.

Reply
John
7/7/2013 08:33:01 am

If he had no other issues why is he in prison? Even though its ridiculous that his comments were taken out of context, house arrest would have been enough to determine his intentions. This situation needs to be highlighted.

Reply
Joker
7/7/2013 04:57:46 pm

Where is all the outrage?

Sorry Justin. You're just not cute enough to care that deeply about. Better luck next time.

Reply
truth seeker
7/7/2013 05:06:20 pm

I'm outraged by it. I've signed the petition, shared it numerous times, and will be writing letters to my elected officials. Not much else I can do.

Reply
John
7/8/2013 10:51:06 am

It's more to do with the lack of media coverage. This was the first I heard of it. Maybe if his family courted the media a but more. Sadly that the only way it seems.

Reply
nz
7/8/2013 04:41:45 am

i guess since all the previous shootings everyone has become a bit paranoid and are trying to prevent them from happening again but that don't mean that they've gotta send him down for life or charge him for anything, if they found no weapons and if he doesn't show any psychotic behaviour then they really have no evidence against him, they should take into consideration that diff people have different sense of humours

Reply
Margaret
7/11/2013 09:31:10 am

What can this group do to help Justin??
There must be something.

Reply
Margaret
7/11/2013 09:36:45 am

I just checked out the change.org link above. There is hope, but it appears that July 16th is an important date

Reply
Shelley
7/12/2013 01:24:44 pm

Justin Carter has just been released on $500,000 bond which was donated by an anonymous benefactor! (July 12, 2013)

Reply
Sophie
7/13/2013 08:48:49 am

Best news of the summer!!!! Some Humanity! FINALLY!!! :)

Reply
Margaret
7/13/2013 05:26:39 am

Justin's mother was interviewed on CBC Radio (Canada's National Public Broadcaster) this morning. She shared this wonderful news. She also pointed out that it took authorities a month to decide to actually go to his house and inspect his belongings. His story has now gone across the nation and the CBC will follow his story.

Reply
George
7/22/2013 01:08:13 am

For gods sake get him help, locking him up won't do anything! And no weapons were found and he hadn't actually done anything to harm anyone, what is locking up going to do?! If America continues to just 'lock' someone away, it's just going to result in overcrowded prisons, more controlled police - which we don't want, and when these prisoners are released what then?

Reply
10/1/2013 08:52:25 pm

Great post, thank you.

Reply



Leave a Reply.



    Archives

    September 2013
    August 2013
    July 2013
    June 2013
    May 2013