In the USSA, joke tell you!
You think I’m kidding? I wish:
A Texas teenager has been in jail since February after making an offhand comment on Facebook about a video game he had been playing.
Justin Carter was 18 when he and a friend got into an argument with someone over a multiple player online video game, leading the teenager to post a comment he now regrets.
He now faces up to eight years in prison after saying ‘I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still beating hearts’ only two months after the Sandy Hook school massacre.
‘These people are serious. They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made,’ Justin’s father, Jack Carter, said.
Although the teenager, who turned 19 while in prison, added ‘lol’ (laughing out loud) and ‘jk’ (just kidding) to his post, a woman from Canada who saw it reported Justin to police after finding out that he lived near an elementary school.
Mr Carter is now campaigning to have his son released, and wants to teach teenagers about the dangers of posting comments on social media.
Leaving aside the fact that he’s already been locked up for almost a year without trial, a habit that is now commonplace here, this is just more proof that Texas is like a whole ‘nother country. It’s a lot like Mexico, really. Or like Britain, where Robert Spencer has been banned for quoting the Koran with malice, or whatever the charge was.
And remember, folks… if you see something, say something.