Teenager Arrested for Sarcastic Comment Over Online Video Game
June 29th, 2013
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18 year old Texan Justin Carter was arrested and faces charges of terroristic threats because of what his father calls a sarcastic comment he made in a argument over facebook with a fellow League of Legends player. Justin could be placed behind bars for 8 years.
League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena video game that averages over 12 million players worldwide per day.
Carters comment came as a result of in game controversy.
âSomeone had said something to the effect of âOh youâre insane, youâre crazy, youâre messed up in the head,â to which he replied âOh yeah, Iâm real messed up in the head, Iâm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts,ââÂ recalled Justinâs dad Jack.
âThe next two lines were lol and jk.â
A women in Canada noticed the comment, tracked down Carters address and notified police.
Justinâs parents have created a petition for the release of their son who is now jailed. The petition argues that their sons first amendment was violated and that anti-terrorism laws are jailing innocent people.
Read petition here.
In a similar case, former marineÂ Brandon Raub was detained for âanti-governmentâ postsÂ that he made over facebook last year.
There are plenty other examples of arrestâs over posting made on social media:
A Methuen Teenâs Facebook Status Has Kept Him in Jail for Three Weeks
Oregon Teen, Posts Facebook Status About Drunk Driving, Gets ArrestedÂ
Anti-terrorism laws are taking away the common sense, innocent until proven guilty principle and throwing it in the trash.
Justin Carter, by simply exercising his rights to speak freely, is now a criminal.
If the NSA spying revelationâs werenât enough to get you to disconnect from social media platforms such as facebook, this case and those that are linked above should certainly spark consideration.
This situation highlights how the freedom on speech is no more in America.
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