Sarcastic Facebook Post Lands Texas Teen Behind Bars

Sarcastic Facebook Post Lands Texas Teen Behind Bars

UPDATE: According to MSNBC, who spoke with Justin Carter's dad, supposedly Justin suffered assaults that lead to "concussions, black eyes" and was "moved four times for his own protection."

Just a few hours ago, an anonymous supporter paid the $500,000 bond, allowing Justin Carter to return home. Below is an interview with Jack Carter, Justin's dad:

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Does this change your opinion about this situation? As always, I look forward to your comments!

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Be careful what you say on social media, as it could land you straight in the slammer!

A Texas teen learned this hard life lesson about 5 months ago when he was charged with making a terroristic threat on his Facebook page, even though his mother says that the “sarcastic comment” he posted was about a computer game and taken out of context by a complete stranger.

What was this teen’s comment?

“I think I’ma shoot up a kindergarten…and watch the blood of the innocent rain down…and eat the bleeding heart of one of them.”

Oh, and by-the-way, I think it’s important to add that this comment was online for the world to see two months after the tragic shooting at Sand Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Charged with a third-degree felony, 19-year-old Justin Carter could spend two to 10 years of his life in prison, if he is convicted.

With tears in his eyes, Justin’s dad, Jack, says he understands why authorities were concerned, but he claims there is no evidence that Justin intended or had means to carry out the threat.

With a bond set at $500,000, Justin’s family doesn’t have the $50,000 to have him released, so a petition, “Release My Son Justin Carter – In Jail for a Facebook Comment,” was started by his parents as a way to help raise money.

My heart goes out to Justin’s parents as I’m sure this situation is extremely difficult for them; however, Justin’s strong and violent choice of words, in my opinion, should not be taken lightly. Seems the Comal County district attorney’s office agrees, because they stated, “Justin Carter’s case will proceed through the criminal justice system like all other felony cases.”

So, what do you think? Should Justin be released? Is his “sarcastic comment” being taken way too far? If you were Justin’s parents, what would you do?

Source: http://www.today.com/news/teen-charged-held-months-over-terroristic-facebook-threat-6C10542658

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