Teen jailed over stupid remark
US teen Justin Carter faces 8 years in prison for throwaway online remark.
Image: via online petition from Change.org

Teens are notorious for their throwaway remarks, rampant moods and careless attitudes about life, but for Justin Carter, a US teen, an admittedly tasteless remark made during an argument in an online game has resulted in his being jailed since March 2013 and potentially facing an eight-year sentence, according to Change.org/aljazeera.com.

Bad joke

The 19-year-old young man from Texas allegedly became annoyed during an online game and posted the following sarcastic message on his Facebook account in reply to a friend who called him “crazy”, according to his father:  "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head. I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still-beating hearts".

His father added that his son followed up his comment by writing "LOL" and "J/K" to show he was joking.

Court documents revealed a slightly more sinister version of the comment: “I’m fucked in the head alright. I think I’ma (sic) shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them.” (via Buzzfeed).

School shootings jitters

The comments were reported by another Facebook user in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings- an aftermath which produced very jittery reactions from people concerned that it could happen again.

Carter faces charges of making threats of terrorism which could see him facing eight years in prison, and the teen is allegedly on suicide watch in jail.

A Change.org petition created by Justin's mother, requesting the release of her son, has been circulating the web. Currently, the petition has over 44 thousand signatures from his supporters- people who insist that the charges don’t reflect that the comment was made in jest and that the teen is being unjustly detained.

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