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during video game, is jailed for
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nightinear prison sentence because of a threatening joke he
y A Texas teenager who has been in jail since March faces an
made while playing an online video game.
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El Bio "He replied 'Oh yeah, I' m real messed up in the head, I' m
going to go sheet up a wheel full of kids and eat their still,
beating hearts,' and the next two lines were lel and ," said
Jack Carter, J ustin' s father, in a statement to a local news channel.
The statements "lol" and "" - meaning "laughing out loud" and "just kidding" - indicate
that J ustin' s statement was entirely sarcastic, said his father.
But a Canadian weman who saw the post looked up Carter' s Austin address, determined
that it was near an elementary schewl, and called the police. Carter was arrested one month
later, and has been in jail ever since. He recently celebrated his 19th birthday behind bars.
Authorities charged him with making a terrerist threat. If convicted, he will face eight years
These people are serious. They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic
cemment that he made," said the elder Carter.
Authorities noted that recent wheel shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut have
caused them to evaluate all potential threats seriously. Newtown was still fresh in their
minds at the time of Carter' s arrest.
In light of recent situations, statements such as the one Justin made are taken seriously,"
said an Austin police detective in a statement.
Carter' s father said his son didn' t follow the news at all.
Justin was the kind of kid who didn' t read the newspaper," said Jack Carter. "He didn' t
watch television. He wasn' t aware of current events. These kids, they dent realize what
they' re doing. They dent understand the implications They dent understand."
Carter' s parents have launched a petition to convince Texas Attorney General
Greg Abbot to release their sen.
Release Justin Carter hom jail," the petition reads. "Too many teenagers are being
arrested, jailed and having their lives forever altered because of laws and
investigations that impede their sst Amendment right to freedom of speech.”
A hearing to review Carter' s case is scheduled for July 1.