Just Carter, then an 18 year old teen from Austin, Texas was jailed back in February after a comment Carter made while playing “League of Legends.” It started when when Carter was called crazy by another player in the game, to which he responded by writing the following: “I’m f***ed in the head alright. I think I’m a [sic] shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them.” Carter allegedly followed up by typing “JK,” indicating he was “just kidding.”
The sarcasm which was intended in Carter’s post on Facebook was lost on a Canadian woman who, after seeing the disturbing comment online, used Google to delve deeper into Carter, only to find out that his address was in close proximity to an elementary school. The woman alerted police, who issued a search warrant on Carter’s home. A week later Carter was arrested. This all came on the heels of the deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut which had occurred approximately two months prior to Carter making his comment.
More than 94,000 supporters have signed an online petition on Change.org demanding Carter’s release. Carter is set for a hearing on July 16th in an attempt to have his bond reduced. Even if the hearing is successful and the bond is set to an amount that allows Carter to go back home, he’ll still be facing felony charges that could put him back behind bars for up to eight years.
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