Justin Carter has been in custody for 5 months and faces serious jail time because he jokingly said that he was going to shoot up a school in response to being called crazy in a game of League of Legends. Was his apprehension justified?
Common sense! Somethings you just don't joke about.
I think it was justified to apprehend him, but not to hold him. When no plans were found, no weapons were found, and no motive was found; I believe he should he been released
No. I'm sick of all this zero tolerance crap, he was just being edgy.
It's insensitive but unless the threat was legitimate he shouldn't be prosecuted
Of course his apprehension was justified. He didn't just *say* this in front of friends, he wrote it on a Facebook page seen by many people. Even in reaction to being called crazy, it's a very specific &, well, crazy thing to come up with...
..& because he left it on that page, it could easily be taken as a "terroristic threat." Especially two months after Sandy Hook, when people desperately wanted to find ways to stop another such incident from happening, & knew that one very disturbed
..young man had *not* been stopped even though there had been signs of trouble. The specifics of what he said are pretty horrific & gruesome. He was 18 years old. He should have known better.
Apprehension I understand completely....
But there's no reason he should still be in jail, facing a trial. That's just idiotic - unless there's something else we don't know about.
That is pretty bogus. Yea he made an insensitive joke, are we really locking people up for that? This is one of the few areas where a slippery slope argument is justified. Who decides which words constitute imprisonment?
The apprehension was justified. The follow-on is pure bull crap. He made a stupid comment. Action was taken to insure safety. Lesson learned - cut him loose...
Ugh, you can't make jokes like that. Security is forced to assume you mean it.
The exact quote was “Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head. I think Ima shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them. lol. jk.” Who could possibly think that he meant that?
It should also be noted that he was profusely beaten by inmates, and he is currently in solitary confinement, naked, because he's on suicide watch. All for telling a bloody joke. How can you justify that?
Who could have possibly thought Columbine or Sandy Hook was possible?
He should have never been incarcerated, but I'd have the head of any cop who had that information and didn't do appropriate follow-up...
If you say yes to this, you need to explain yourself.
I have never been more pissed than I was when I heard this. An innocent kid made a bad joke while playing a video game, and now the fascistic state that is our government is ruining his life for it. As I'm typing this, Justin Carter is in prison.
He's not in prison for stealing anything. He's not in prison for killing anyone. He's in prison, right now, for making a statement. A statement that SHOULD be protected by his 1st amendment rights. But it isn't. Because we don't live in America
anymore. We live in a police state where we only have rights if it's convenient for the government to let us have them. And little by little, our rights are falling by the wayside. It's obvious that our government is officially taking its cues from
Nazi Germany. I think that in the coming days and weeks and months, we'll being hearing about a lot more Justin Carters.