Teen Who Issued Facebook Threat Still In Jail


Justin Carter, the teen who made a threat against a fictional elementary school, still sits in jail, a Texas Jail, awaiting trial.  He is under a suicide watch according to his father, Jack Carter. “He’s very depressed. He’s very scared and he’s very concerned that he’s not going to get out,” Jack Carter, Justin’s father, told CNN. “He’s pretty much lost all hope.”  Perhaps in any other state, Carter would be back on the street resuming his normal but pitiful cyber life but not in Texas.  With the Newtown Connecticut massacre still fresh in everyone’s mind, there isn’t going to be much toleration for comments like the one he made on Facebook in response to someone calling him crazy.  His response was quite graphic and something that the average, normal teen might not say in quite the same fashion.  An average stupid teenager might have said he was so crazy he would shoot up a school.  That’s crazy enough, and quite frankly, not funny but what Mr Carter said was, “I’m fucked in the head alright. I think I’m a shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them.”  That is simply crossing the line.  It’s far worse than yelling fire in a crowded movie theater.  It’s clearly not protected free speech.  And the fact that he wrote LOL or JK after his comment, doesn’t make it ok.  Unfortunately, he needs to learn a lesson, which entails understanding the consequences of one’s actions.  Of all the things he could have said, he came up with the worst one.  He is clearly receiving the punishment he deserves and instead of his mother defending him, she should have put her fist down his throat.  The correct response should have been, while I know my son isn’t capable of such a heinous act, clearly he was stupid for writing such a comment.  I stand behind my son but he is learning a valuable lesson.  Perhaps, he wouldn’t be in this predicament.  So let this be a lesson to all those in live in the cyber as opposed to the real world.  What takes place in that large but pitiful world is not privileged.  You can not just threaten and say crazy things because you believe you are protected by your house and that little computer screen.  Yes, even in the make believe cyber world there are consequences to your actions.  Justin Carter is learning that lesson.  Hopefully it won’t be lost on him or anyone else familiar with his story.

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